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The true story of Alexander Pearce, Australia's most notorious convict. In 1822, Pearce and seven fellow convicts escaped from Macquarie Harbour, a place of ultra banishment and punishment,... See full summary »

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Jonathan auf der Heide (screenplay), Oscar Redding (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Oscar Redding Oscar Redding ... Alexander Pearce
Arthur Angel ... Robert Greenhill
Paul Ashcroft ... Matthew Travers
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Greg Stone ... William Kennerly
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Torquil Neilson Torquil Neilson ... John Mathers
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Ben Plazzer Ben Plazzer ... Soldier in boat
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Jason Glover Jason Glover ... Lieutenant Cuthbertson
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The true story of Alexander Pearce, Australia's most notorious convict. In 1822, Pearce and seven fellow convicts escaped from Macquarie Harbour, a place of ultra banishment and punishment, only to find a world less forgiving.. the Australian wilderness. Abandon all hope you who enter. Written by Anonymous

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Hunger is a strange silence.


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Australia

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English | Irish

Release Date:

24 September 2009 (Australia) See more »

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Hell's Gates See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Very Realistic
16 September 2017 | by Freedom060286See all my reviews

The actual events of what happened after Alexander Pearce's first escape from the prison colony in Tasmania, according to Pearce himself, are shown in this movie.

It's probably somewhat too slow-moving for some young viewers, but I was impressed by how realistic it is. The characters are believable. The direction is meticulous. The acting is excellent, in many situations an actor's expression reveals feelings of uncertainty, confusion, guilt, fear, horror or misery. The cinematography showing the Tasmanian wilderness is visually splendid.

Do not expect a typical slasher/horror film, this movie is much more intelligently written and directed. The film's intention is to tell a story, rather than to frighten.


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