GenreBiography, Drama, History Running time1h 44m CountryAustralia
Release date24 September 2009 (2009-09-24) WriterJonathan auf der Heide (screenplay), Oscar Redding (screenplay) Initial releaseSeptember 24, 2009 (Australia) ScreenplayJonathan Auf Der Heide, Oscar Redding CastOscar Redding (Alexander Pearce), Arthur Angel (Robert Greenhill), Paul Ashcroft (Matthew Travers), Mark Leonard Winter (Alexander Dalton), Torquil Neilson (John Mathers), Greg Stone (William Kennerly) Similar moviesMad Max: Fury Road, John Wick, Taken 3, The Purge: Anarchy, Ravenous, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
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Van Diemen's Land is a 2009 Australian thriller set in 1822 in colonial Tasmania. It follows the story of the infamous Irish convict, Alexander Pearce, played by Oscar Redding and his escape with seven other convicts. The voice-over and some of the dialogue is in Irish.
A group of transported convicts, suffering brutal treatment at the Sarah Island penal settlement on Van Diemens Land, escape into the Tasmanian wilderness in hopes of reaching the settlements to the east. Their enthusiasm and bravado soon give way to hunger, which saps their strength and causes them to despair. Former urban dwellers, the English, Irish and Scottish convicts realise that not only are they lost, but they do not even know how to hunt or fish. The oppressive nature of landscape becomes the setting for murder, as hunger forces the group to turn to cannibalism, killing and eating the members of the group one by one. The men do all in their power to keep moving, watch their back and avoid sleep, lest they be the next meal.
Alexander Pearce – Aged 32, Irish, thief
Robert Greenhill – 32, English, sailor
Matthew Travers – 27, Irish, farmer
Alexander Dalton – 25, Irish, ex-soldier
John Mather – 24, Scottish, bread baker
Thomas Bodenham – 22, English, thief
William Kennerly – 44, Irish, thief
Edward 'Little' Brown – 48, English, profession unknown
Oscar Redding as Alexander Pearce
Arthur Angel as Robert Greenhill
Paul Ashcroft as Matthew Travers
Mark Leonard Winter as Alexander Dalton
Torquil Neilson as John Mather
Thomas Wright as Thomas Bodenham
Greg Stone as William Kennerly
John Francis Howard as Edward 'Little' Brown
Release and reception
Van Diemen's Land was released to Australian cinemas on 24 September 2009, and was rated MA15+ for "strong violence and coarse language". It received mostly positive reviews, and as of 21 December 2014 it earned an 80% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 10 reviews with an average 6.6/10 rating. During the opening weekend, the film grossed $39,939 at the 9 theatres it played ($4,438 average).
Van Diemen's Land grossed $289,858 at the box office in Australia.