Van Diemen's Land
June 5th 2009 04:51
The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce (2009) was a more elaborate telling of the events of Pearce’s incarceration, escape, journey through the dense Tasmanian wilderness with seven other convicts, their demise to cannibalism, Pearce’s re-capture, his second escape (after his story of cannibalism was dismissed as cover-up for the other at large convicts), his capture again, the discovery of a mutilated body close by, and his confession and subsequent execution.
Van Diemen’s Land (2009), directed by Tasmanian Jonathon Auf Der Heide, is a more sober telling, beginning with the escape and ending with the murder and consumption by Pearce (Oscar Redding) of Robert Greenhill (Arthur Angel), but a far more chilling study of the darkness that engulfs a tortured mind in a state of starvation. “Hunger is a strange silence” reads the movie’s tagline.
Mark Leonard Winter as tender Alexander Dalton
Here’s the teaser trailer:
Here’s the trailer to the original short film, which uses much of the same imagery (and the same actors, albeit with less facial hair):
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