The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce
February 19th 2009 02:48
Alexander Pearce (Ciarán McMenamin) had been sent to the penal colony of Van Diemen’s Land to do seven years for thieving. He escaped with seven other men and survived three months in the harsh unforgiving wilderness of Tasmania, a rugged no man’s land where natives and wildlife were scarce. He was caught eventually, imprisoned once more on Sarah’s Island, subjected to hundreds of lashings, and chained to a rock. He absconded once more with another prisoner, but fury got the better of him and he killed the young man. He gave himself up, and this time with a corpse to show for his evil ways, he was tried for murder and hanged at Hobart’s Gaol. His body was dissected for scientific purposes.
Dan Wyllie as Robert Greenhill
Don Hany as John Mathar
Father Connelly listens to Pearce's tale of horror and desperation
NB: The very recent Australian movie Dying Breed (2008) is loosely based on the history of Alexander Pearce, suggesting the rather far-fetched idea that he may have in-bred descendents living in the dense wilderness of Western Tasmania who still need a certain stock of long pig to survive. I missed seeing the movie at cinemas, but will review it as soon as it’s released on DVD.
Here's the trailer:
The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce DVD is courtesy of Hopscotch Films, many thanks!
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