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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 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, mentions the 'vampire legends of modern Greece'. This may refer to the vrykolakas, the vampire of Greek legend. It may also be linked to the short story 'The Vampyre' (written by John William Polidori and published in 1819) which is part set in Greece. See more »


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 »


Philip Conolly: Whatever has been said and continues to be said about him, this much is true. Alexander Pearce, an Irish convict incarcerated on Sarah Island, twice managed the inconceivable, the unforgiveable and escaped.
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Excellent acting - great story
8 October 2009 | by Rox73See all my reviews

This movie shows us all what we already know deep down. No one can judge someone else's actions unless he or she has been in the same situation. That's why people should always be careful when claiming "I could/would never do *whatever action*". I can't agree more with Philip Conolly's words:

"The world is always easier understood held at a distance with tales of monsters and the like." and "A full belly is prerequisite to all manner of good. Without that no man knows what hunger will make him do."

Beautiful nature shots, good music, great acting, great story. It's rather short though but isn't that just the charming Irish, strong, silent type way of doing things? :)

Definitely recommended.

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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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Dolby Digital | Dolby SR


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