Van Diemen’s Land – The Movie

23 Feb


My friend and stand-up comic, Emerson Parsonson, pointed me to this new upcoming Australian movie that stars his brother. Van Diemen’s Land tells the tale of eight convicts who in 1822 escaped the brutal penal settlement Macquarie Harbour in a fateful bid for freedom. Led by ex-sailor and experienced navigator, Robert Greenhill, the men made battle against some of the harshest terrain in the unexplored wilderness of Van Diemen’s Land (now known as Tasmania). As supplies run out and tensions in the group escalate, the group soon contemplates the unthinkable. I’m genuinely looking forward to seeing this! Written and directed by VCA graduate Jonathan Auf Der Heide with some lush cinemaphotography from Ellery Ryan, the production value is solid and the narrative tense. Watch the trailer here.


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