Limit search to available items
Streaming video

Title The Last Confession Of Alexander Pearce / Director: James, Michael
Published Australia : ABC2, 2008
Online access available from:
Informit EduTV    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (58 min. 32 sec.) ; 350644484 bytes
Summary *Contains strong violence*In 1822, eight men escape from the most isolated and brutal prison on earth, Sarah Island in Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania). Only one man survives and his tale of betrayal, murder and cannibalism shocks the British establishment to the core. His story is The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce.The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce follows the final days of Irish convict Alexander Pearce's (Ciaran McMenamin) life as he awaits execution. The year is 1824 and the British penal colony of Van Diemen's Land is little more than a living hell. During his six months incarcerated in the Hobart gaol, chained to a wall in the darkness of a cell, Pearce is visited by Father Philip Conolly (Adrian Dunbar), the parish priest of the fledgling colony and a fellow Irishman. Conolly's faith in his God is tested by what he hears.Told as a factual drama, The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce draws a visceral and compelling picture of hell on earth and tells how one man endured the unimaginable by doing the unthinkable.Stars Irish actors Adrian Dunbar (The Crying Game, My Left Foot) and Ciaran McMenamin (To End All Wars, Sunday), Dan Wyllie (Underbelly, Love My Way), Chris Haywood (Shine, Jindabyne), Don Hany (Lucky Miles, East West 101), Bob Franklin (Stupid Stupid Man, Macbeth) and Martin Jacobs (Changi, Stingers).PRODUCTION DETAILS:Director/Writer: Michael James Rowland; Producer/Writer: Nial Fulton; Executive Producer: Chris Hilton; Line Producer: Fiona McConaghy; Commissioning Editor ABC: Alan Erson; Commissioning Editor BBC: Fergus Keeling; Commissioning Editor RTE: Kevin Dawson. An Essential Media & Entertainment film presented by Screen Australia and Screen Tasmania in association with ABC TV, BBC and Radio Telefis Eireann
Event Broadcast 2009-11-11 at 22:15:00
Notes Classification: M
Subject Cannibalism in motion pictures.
Pearce, Alexander, approximately 1790-1824.
Penal colonies.
Prisoners -- Biography.
Trials (Murder)
New South Wales -- Sydney.
Form Streaming video
Author Dunbar, Adrian, cast
Franklin, Bob, cast
Hany, Don, cast
Haywood, Chris, cast
James, Michael, director
McMenamin, Ciaran, cast
Rowland, Michael James, director
Wyllie, Dan, cast