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The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce (2008)

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Eight men escape from the most isolated prison on earth. Only one man survives and the story he recounts shocks the British establishment to the core. This story is the last confession of Alexander Pearce.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrian Dunbar ... Philip Conolly
Ciarán McMenamin ... Alexander Pearce (as Ciaran McMenamin)
Dan Wyllie ... Robert Greenhill (as Daniel Wyllie)
Don Hany ... John Mather
Bob Franklin Bob Franklin ... Matthew Travers
Chris Haywood ... Robert Knopwood
Tony Llewellyn-Jones ... William Sorrell
Richard Green ... Edward Brown
Tony Goodfellow Tony Goodfellow ... Alexander Dalton
Peter Dowling Peter Dowling ... Thomas Bodenham
Matthew Preston Matthew Preston ... William Kennerly
Martin Jacobs Martin Jacobs ... John Cuthbertson
Bill Young ... Gaoler Bisdee
Socratis Otto ... Fine Young British Officer
Carl Rush Carl Rush ... Constable Logan
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In 1824 and the British penal colony of VanDiemen's Land is little more than a living hell. Chained to a wall in the darkness of a Hobart cell, Pearce is visited by Father Connolly,the parish priest of the fledgling colony and a fellow Irishman. The harrowing confession Pearce makes, shocks the priest and the British establishment to the core. Written by Anonymous

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Hunger Has No Limit


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Australia

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English | Irish

Release Date:

25 January 2009 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Confissão de Alexander Pearce See more »

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AUD1,350,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Robert Greenhill Dan Wyllie was sentenced to seven years transportation for the theft of his wife's coat. See more »

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Although they are in the wilderness for a considerable time (around 3 months), neither Greenhill's nor Pearce's beards show any growth. See more »

Quotes

Alexander Pearce: And once Greenhill said what he said, the very idea crept like water 'til that's all there was. Be done with it and eat.
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A captivating confession of cannibalism
25 January 2009 | by vinceroSee all my reviews

Alexander Pearce was not a hero, he was not a character that you immediately feel sorry for; but he was a man who lived in the most desolate penal colony in Australia. A man driven to escape from the cruelty he endured. A man who yearned for his freedom and would do anything to survive the harshness of his surrounds. The documentary is cleverly driven by narration from the man who he confessed to, a Catholic priest and fellow Irishman. It captures the ruggedness of the bush, the desperation of the human condition and the cruel and barbarous English occupation of Tasmania. The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce is a well paced, well told and captivating confession of cannibalism.


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