Van Diemen's Land
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The true story of Alexander Pearce (Oscar Redding), the notorious Australian convict who, along with seven other prisoners, made a daring escape from the Macquarie Harbour penal colony in 1822, and embarked on a treacherous journey across Tasmania in a desperate bid for freedom. The further the group ventures into unknown territory with veteran navigator Robert Greenhill as their guide, the faster their resources dwindle until they begin turning on one another in order to survive. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Tasmanian landscape (and its stand-in Victorian equivalent) is a sight to behold in the 2:35 ratio. As the backdrop for acts of pure barbarism, it is a grey, horribly-beautiful vision of Hell."
‑ Simon Foster,
"A bold attempt at a full-throttle Australian art movie, Van Diemen's Land disappoints mainly when it falls back on convention... the film is at its strongest when it shifts into an elemental realm and psychology falls away."
‑ Jake Wilson, The Age (Australia)
"The film is at times tasteless and unpalatable but the screenplay, based on four confessions Pearce gave after his capture, has a certain level of interest to it."
‑ Colin Newton, Courier Mail (Australia)
"The film is a consummate piece of movie making, with Ellery Ryan's cinematography a powerful contributor to the film's tone and effect"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Survival of the fittest in action. Welcome to the dark side of human nature."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"There's no doubting the premise held great high-concept horror possibilities, but the end result is surprisingly bloodless despite some close-range gore."
‑ Jason Di Rosso, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"Two chewed thumbs up."
‑ Ben McEachen, Empire Magazine Australasia
"In its evocation of a bleak, hostile environment in which even the meanest cannot eke out an existence, it packs a bloody punch."
‑ David Cairns, Electric Sheep
"A great film to see with your mates to inspire talk of who would eat who, how you'd eat human and the fine line between serial killer and survival."
‑ Giles Hardie, Unknown2
"Van Diemen's Land poses a formidable challenge for audiences, but it's a challenge well worth meeting and a film you're unlikely ever to forget."
‑ David Stratton, The Australian
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