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 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 Socratis Otto ... Fine Young British Officer
Carl Rush Carl Rush ... Constable Logan


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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Knopwood refers to the Irishmen, Pearce and Connolly as having grown up amidst 'famine and ferment'. The famine to which he is likely referring is the Irish famine of 1740-1, caused by a severe winter. See more »


The position of the hood on Pearce's head when is to be hanged changes between when it is first put on (covering down to the bridge of his nose) and when he takes the sacrament (down to his forehead). See more »


Robert Knopwood: This is bad for the colony. I hope your man is going to be repentant at his hanging?
Philip Conolly: His salvation depends on it.
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1 December 2008 | by geraldine_zechnerSee all my reviews

The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce blew me away... it is by far the most intense piece I've seen in ages. Not in the least gruesome or hard to watch - on the contrary, it is beautifully shot and paced, with a haunting soundtrack and scenery out of this world. You could have heard a pin drop at the preview screening at Clones Film Festival this year. Excellent performances from Ciaran McMenamin, Adrian Dunbar and the rest of the cast. And a true story of complete desperation at the end of the world. The last taboo.... I couldn't decide if the film should have been longer or if I'd seen enough after barely an hour. I believe the latter to be the case - it packs such a punch in such a short time and is so well edited that it's job is well and truly done.

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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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Dolby Digital | Dolby SR


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