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
producer

Charles MacMahon

Duration

01:37:48:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1927

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

35675

Audience classifications

G

Mediatheque - all ages (ACMI classified)

Subject categories

Adaptations

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Australia

History → Australia - History

Literature → Australian literature - Film and video adaptations

Literature → Literature

Silent films

Sound/audio

Silent

Colour

Tinted

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

MPEG-1 Digital File - 2MB Rate; Copy

MOV file H264; NFSA Digital Access Copy

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