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Van Diemen's Land Poster

Van Diemen's Land

The magnificent forest and riverscapes of Tasmania murmur their indifference as one of the most grimly resonant of white Australian settlement stories unfolds in this intensely impressive first film. Eight thieves, of Irish, English and Scottish birth, all city boys, escape a convict camp with scant knowledge of bush survival. One, Alexander Pearce, survives. When he claims that he stayed alive by eating the others, the authorities conclude that he's covering up for his escaped mates.

1hr 44mins long
R16 Contains violence and offensive language.

Torquil Neilson
Thomas Michael Wright
Paul Ashcroft
Oscar Redding
Mark Leonard Winter
Jonathan Auf Der Heide
John Francis Howard
Greg Stone
Arthur Angel