Van Diemen's Land
Van Diemen's Land (2009)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 24, 2009
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Simon Foster

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.

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Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)

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.

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Colin Newton
Courier Mail (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.

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Survival of the fittest in action. Welcome to the dark side of human nature.

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Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

There's no doubting the premise held great high-concept horror possibilities, but the end result is surprisingly bloodless despite some close-range gore.

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Ben McEachen
Empire Magazine Australasia

Two chewed thumbs up.

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David Cairns
Electric Sheep

In its evocation of a bleak, hostile environment in which even the meanest cannot eke out an existence, it packs a bloody punch.

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Giles Hardie

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.

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David Stratton
The Australian

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Byron Brubaker
I saw this at the Cleveland International Film Fest. This movie was fairly sickening to the stomach with its use of cannibalism. One time you see one of the… More
Robert Fearon
Beautifully shot, but rather underwhelming. I'm surprised that the sense of paranoia wasn't played up more in the film.
Brendan Nicholls
I enjoyed this film and the depiction of the Alexander Pearce escape, the film is beautifully shot and makes for a very uneasy watching. I notice one review… More
Ivan Descartin
The film's main theme that is explored throughout was cannibalism, and yet it does not contain exploitative blood and brutal mutilations, whether it was… More