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The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant [DVD] [2005] [2006]

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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EQHHHO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,521 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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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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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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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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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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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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A great film based on a true story and if you must know what happened to Mary Bryant when upon arriving in the New World as a convict on a prison ship,then this is the film for you. It's rather long but is split into two dvds so you can leave the second part for another day. (If you can wait that long.)
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If you like costume dramas with action, suspense, a storyline which your not sure how it ends, and life and death situations through out you will love this. I love this film because of all those reason but mostly because it's also a true story which I find boosts the entertainment quality. The acting is superb and very believable and also the picture quality is spot on. It arrived well packaged. Very pleased and would recommend to anyone.
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Based on a true story one of the best films I have seen ,all characters convincing in parts they play. Starving Country girl gets caught stealing and sent in convict ship to Australia ,is raped in gaol before being shipped and strikes up a friend ship with fellow convict and is taken pity on by officer.When landing she marries other convict for convenience to better their prospects they have a baby of their own.The Officer still fancies Mary and she uses him to plan escape.They escape and after a long journey by sea they end up on Portuguese owned Island and mixin with gentry.The officer mean while gets next trip back to Uk to his wife but also lands on said island first and exposes them ,he shoots her husband in cold blood out of revenge but Mary escapes with the help of friends she had made.Both her children die of swamp fever on boat with 2 other felons looking after her.She is imprisoned in London before her case comes up .Officer is out for revenge but becomes the laughing stock and all three get let off.Mary returns to her Village as though nothing has happened ,no children ,no husband no nothing a very sad story all in the space of about 4/5 years.All actors were exceptional in parts they played ,not a predictable story ,very sad ,her husband and children were loves of her life ,and he gave his life for her so she could escape.One of the best films ever.
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