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Mary Bryant 

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A young woman is transported to the New South Wales penal colony in 1788.
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Series cast summary:
Romola Garai ...  Mary Bryant / ... 3 episodes, 2005-2007
Jack Davenport ...  Lieutenant Ralph Clarke / ... 3 episodes, 2005-2007
Alex O'Loughlin ...  William 'Will' Bryant / ... 3 episodes, 2005-2007
Sam Neill ...  Governor Arthur Phillip / ... 3 episodes, 2005-2007
Tony Martin ...  Martin 3 episodes, 2005-2007
David Field ...  Thomas 3 episodes, 2005-2007
Dan Spielman ...  Cox 3 episodes, 2005-2007
Stephen Curry ...  Allen 3 episodes, 2005-2007
Abe Forsythe ...  Sam Liley / ... 3 episodes, 2005-2007
Linal Haft ...  Sergeant Ryan / ... 3 episodes, 2005-2007
Garry McDonald ...  Reverend Johnson 2 episodes, 2005
Brittany Carney Brittany Carney ...  Charlotte 2 episodes, 2005
Montana Carney Montana Carney ...  Charlotte 2 episodes, 2005
Jada Lang Jada Lang ...  Baby Emmanuel 2 episodes, 2005
Jasmin Lang Jasmin Lang ...  Baby Emmanuel 2 episodes, 2005
Tasha Lang Tasha Lang ...  Baby Emmanuel 2 episodes, 2005
Jacek Koman ...  Wanjon 2 episodes, 2005-2007
Alice McConnell Alice McConnell ...  Elizabeth 2 episodes, 2005
Catherine McClements ...  Marleen / ... 2 episodes, 2005-2007
Genevieve O'Reilly ...  Alicia 2 episodes, 2005
Michael Craig ...  Judge Stephens 2 episodes, 2005-2007
Leo Jampinjinpa Wayne Leo Jampinjinpa Wayne ...  Woollarawarre Bennelong 2 episodes, 2005
Edwina Bishop Edwina Bishop ...  Woman in Cornwall 2 episodes, 2005
Roxanne Havard Roxanne Havard ...  Baby Charlotte 2 episodes, 2005
Tieran Havard Tieran Havard ...  Baby Charlotte 2 episodes, 2005
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Will Bryant and Mary are among the petty common criminals who are condemned by British justice to deportation to the new Botany Bay penal colony in Australia. The long sailing voyage is eventful, with them falling in love but her also seducing the noble, naive lieutenant Ralph Clarke. In the colony, life is terribly harsh. Ultimately, the pair and some other convicts organize a successful escape by boat. Barely alive, they reach Dutch Timor, and hope to be in the clear. Written by KGF Vissers

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Her courage paved the way to their freedom

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Rated R for violence including rape, sexuality and some nudity | See all certifications »
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After landing on Timor island the Bryants and their crew claimed to be shipwreck survivors. Later on the group was discovered to be British convicts, apparently after William became drunk and confessed in the process of bragging. To avoid an international incident they were sent back to Britain to stand trial, travelling first on a Dutch ship (the Rembang) to Batavia in the company of survivors of HMS Pandora, a British ship sent to capture the Bounty mutineers, thereafter travelling from Batavia to Cape Town on the three Dutch VOC ships Vredenburg, Hoornwey and Horssen (carrying Mary Bryant and her daughter Charlotte, arriving there on 19 March 1792, and later from Cape Town in the company of Royal Marines returning from Sydney on the HMS Gorgon. See more »

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Clarke: All of these? An army couldn't have eaten and drunk this much!
Ambassador's wife: They had very healthy appetites.
Clarke: And these? You gave note of credit for a brothel?
Ambassador's wife: From our limited knowledge of English ways. Admittedly many gossip about your royal family and members of parliament... we understood that the brothel was very much a part of the daily rounds.
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Comment on '... Journey of Mary Bryant'
10 May 2007 | by evitabarbaraSee all my reviews

The reaction to the British miniseries 'The incredible journey of Mary Bryant' seems to be a sign of the times: Whereas the accolades poured in for the portrayals of Mary and her husband, the masterfully portrayed character of Officer Clarke was misunderstood / brushed over and his complex relationship with Mary largely ignored. In my book Mary was a selfish b..., solely driven by the will to survive, with little regard for the feelings of others except those of her immediate family. Officer Clarke, on the other hand, is a much more complex character: The product of a morally strict and repressive upbringing, he is basically a decent, kind man who ends up acting mercilessly (within the framework of the cruelty sanctioned or even demanded by his job) when his pride is wounded. That is his Achilles' heel. He suffers intense humiliation when Mary, in pursuit of her own selfish agenda, at first liberates him from his inhibitions and then betrays his trust and makes a fool of him in front of his peers. The realization of her callous exploitation of his kindness and his feelings seriously wounds his whole identity. Nevertheless, he can't get himself to kill her when he has her at his mercy (in his musket's visor): Twice he lets her escape; it's only the third time that he finally 'delivers her to justice' - and had Mary not once again revealed her falseness to him by sidling up to him again, he probably would have let her escape once more. All the time he finds himself in the struggle to keep his dignity. Jack Davenport's superb portrayal of this emotionally rich and complex character deserves the highest praise. To me it was the actual focus of the film. Barbara N.


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