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  • Actors: Romola Garai, Jack Davenport, Sam Neill, Alex O'Lachlan, Tony Martin
  • Directors: Peter Andrikidis
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Vision International
  • DVD Release Date: 24 April 2006
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EQHHHO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,054 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Australian miniseries starring Romola Garai and Jack Davenport. The drama tells the epic story of 19-year-old Mary Bryant (Garai) who was transported on the First Fleet to the new penal colony at Botany Bay, Australia. She escaped with her husband, her two small children and a handful of other male convicts on a tiny boat to Timor, some 3500 miles away, but was subsequently recaptured and returned to England as a prisoner. The cast also includes Alex O'Loughlin, Sam Neill and Tony Martin.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Charliecat on 22 April 2006
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I liked this drama so much when I saw it on ITV that I bought the dvd straight away. Mary Bryant's amazing story is little known here and this production, if not perhaps, always completely true to events is a really good place to start to find out more and it's also a very good drama. Romola Garai (I Capture the Castle) plays Cornish girl Mary Broad, who is sentenced to transportation after stealing a bonnet and money.

It's gripping stuff and even more amazing that it actually happened. Romola Garai is brilliant as the strong, remarkable, Mary Bryant. Well worth watching (although I should warn you that this is NOT an historically accurate portrayal of the events)
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Esmeralda on 26 April 2006
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This film is based on the amazing true story of Mary Bryant, a young Cornish girl transported to Botany Bay for stealing a bonnet. Resourceful and determined, Mary is willing to do whatever it takes to survive the harsh journey to Australia and the grim penal colony. She employs whatever means are at her disposal to protect herself and her children, even if it involves deceiving and using others. In this respect she is not always a completely likeable character, but thanks to Romola Garai's excellent portrayal one can't help but admire Mary's incredible determination as she fights for freedom, and cheer her on! As well as plenty of action, suspense, and at times rather graphic portrayals of life in the penal colony, there is also romance and passion. Two men fall for the strong-willed Mary: an easy-going fellow prisoner Will, and one of their jailers, Lieutenant Ralph Clarke. Although Jack Davenport as the lieutenant has the task of serving as the bad guy of the film, his nuanced and appealing performance - as well as his striking good looks in the 18th-century naval uniform - create an unexpected effect, as the viewer may find themselves at times sympathising with the "villain" of the story. All in all, a great adventure story with memorable characters; beautiful photography and costumes.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Laura on 1 May 2006
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I found this series really gripping from start to finish, and thoroughly enjoyed it mostly because I'm a big romantic and I absolutely loved Will Bryant ("They said we'd never see the sun down here, but there you are")!! The acting was terrific, there's a great 'girl power' theme going on, and there were some truly emotional scenes that moved me to tears! It's not all romance and tears though, there's a fair bit of action going on, what with Mary's escape from the island and her being on the run! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes a bit of romance and adventure.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B. L. Radcliffe on 16 April 2009
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This is a good DVD interesting tale of Life as convicts sent to the other side of the world. Everything in this film, Brutality, Love, Jealousy, the lot. Loved It.! And perhaps I'm biased as my favourite (Alex O'Loughlan) stars in this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peeeeeee on 5 Feb. 2014
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Amazing story of a young women sent to Australia on the first fleet. Ive read the book which is fantastic, but the film gives a good outline of what Mary went through for such a petty crime.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Simon C. Lewis on 19 July 2006
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A splendid period drama, the kind that some film-makers do so well, this is another of those little-known stories from history, this time from our own colonial past, that makes for inspired dramatisation and compelling viewing. A monument to the determination of the human spirit, as well as a damning indictment of 18th century imperial England. Whatever Mary and her downtrodden fellow-convicts had done to condemn them to transportation to Australia, usually something petty, your sympathies are always with her brave entourage, and not the Establishment and its rifle-wielding redcoats determined to mete out the King's justice. Romona Garai turns in a stirring performance as Mary, while Jack Davenport's portrayal of Lt. Ralph Clarke is sufficiently powerful to foster at least some limited admiration. An absorbing account of the lowliest specimens of humanity and their remarkable capacity for survival against overwhelming odds, this is a tale to savour. Unsettlingly realistic, intensely moving and beautifully filmed; put briefly, a masterpiece.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lady Day on 24 Oct. 2009
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If you're interested in the colonization of Australia and/or Alex O'Loughlin - buy the film. You won't be dissapointed.

Firstly because it really gives the whole "let's ship off our convicts"-thing a face - Mary Bryant. She was an impressive person, alright, even if you don't like her (I don't). For me it's also a way to see all the nautic and historical facilities people used back then. The way women were treated on these passages is also a topic of the film. Furthermore the first contacts with the Aboriginal people are shown. This is not a huge production so don't expect too much but it works on TV.

Secondly - Alex O'Loughlin is shown in one of his earlier works and he is shown a good deal. The character he plays is charming although he's a bit of a rascal as well. It is difficult for me to say anything on Romola Garai considering that I really don't like the character she's playing but Jack Davenport is great in his part. The supporting roles are well cast and the film works for me. I never really found out why other buyers mention that this film was ruined in the cutting room though.
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