For the term of his natural life

Australia, 1927

Film

This film, based on Marcus Clarke’s complex novel of the convict days, begins in England with a murder on Hampstead Heath. Rufus Dawes is wrongly arrested and sentenced to transportation, as a convict, to Van Dieman’s Land. The bitter life of the convicts is depicted, culminating in Dawes’ escape. In disguise, he joins a boat to sail to freedom and on board meets his long lost love, Sylvia.
Cast includes George Fisher, Eva Novak, Dunstan Webb, Jessica Harcourt.

On display until:

ACMI Viewing Booths

22 April 2019

Credits

director

Norman Dawn

producer

Charles MacMahon

Duration

01:37:48:00

Colour

Tinted

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