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Title Van Diemen's Land
Published [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (1 video file, 104 min. 0 sec.) : digital, stereophonic, sound, color
Summary Hunger is a strange silence. The true story of Australia's most notorious convict, Alexander Pearce and his infamous escape into the beautiful yet brutal Tasmanian wilderness. A point of no return for convicts banished from their homeland, Van Diemen's Land was a feared and dreaded penal settlement at the end of the earth. The entrance to its remote station of secondary punishment, Macquarie Harbour, was named 'Hells Gates' by its prisoners as a reference to the gates of hell in Dante's 'Inferno' - "Abandon all hope ye who enter here" - was plastered at the Harbour's mouth as a warning to all souls sent there. In 1822, eight convicts escaped Macquarie Harbour in a fateful bid for freedom. This band of Irish, English and Scottish thieves were immediately hurled into chaos as their plan failed and they were thrust into the heart of a harsh and foreboding landscape. With little food or equipment, in a place these immigrants knew little about, they battled a merciless enemy - the unforgiving, barren land - a land where God wields an axe
Credits Director: Jonathan auf der Heide ; written by Jonathan auf der Heide and Oscar Redding
Event Originally produced by Madman Entertainment in 2008
Notes Produced [Collingwood, Vic.]., Madman Entertainment [distributor], [c2009]
Originally released [Australia], Noise & Light Pty. Ltd., [2009]
Mode of access: World Wide Web
In English and Gaelic with English subtitles
Subject Pearce, Alexander, approximately 1790-1824 -- Drama.
Prisoners -- Australia -- Tasmania -- Macquarie Harbour -- 19th century -- Drama
Escapes -- Australia -- Tasmania -- Macquarie Harbour -- 19th century -- Drama
Cannibalism -- Australia -- Tasmania -- 19th century -- Drama.
Genre/Form Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Pearce, Alexander, approximately 1790-1824.
Auf Der Heide, Jonathan
Redding, Oscar
Kanopy (Firm)