Colonial Australia in Film and TVby luke-eberhardt | created - 25 Nov 2011 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
Blackfellas, Whitefellas, Convicts, Traps, Bushrangers, etc. This is what makes Australian History unique. I haven't seen all of these (Although I would like to), some are very rare to find but would be great to get out.
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1. Against the Wind (1978)
50 min | Drama, History
Mary Mulvane, an 18 year old Irish girl, is transported to New South Wales for seven years for doing little else than protecting her own property. She must endure the horror of transport to... See full summary »
3. For the Term of His Natural Life (1983)
520 min | Adventure, Drama
In 1830's England, a young man from a good but troubled family is unjustly convicted of stealing a watch. He's transported to Van Dieman's Land (Tasmania) where he suffers under the enmity ... See full summary »
6. Lost in the Wild (1976)
93 min | Adventure
A twelve year old boy and a common criminal are being transported in the same ship from England to Australia in the last century. When the ship wrecked they happen to be the only survivors ... See full summary »
130 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
An old captain & his young wife share a lot of adventures after they're shipwrecked and captured by Aborigines on an island near Australia.
11. The Man from Snowy River (1982)
PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
In 1880s Australia, after young Jim Craig's father dies, Jim takes a job at the Harrison cattle ranch, where he is forced to become a man.
Votes: 7,522 | Gross: $20.66M
13. Seven Little Australians (1973)
294 min | Drama, Family
Captain Wolcott is a widower with seven children. He marries again and his new wife takes on all the trials of bringing up seven spirited children. They have many adventures, especially one... See full summary »
14. Sara Dane (1982)
Not Rated | 250 min | Drama, History, Romance
The lavish, passionate story of a beautiful convict girl, Sara Dane who is transported from England to Australia for a crime she did not commit. She struggle for freedom and independence against almost impossible odds.
17. The First Fagin (2012)
87 min | Documentary
When Charles Dickens created the character of Fagin in Oliver Twist, he gave birth to one of the most infamous personas in English literature. Few people know that Dickens' portrait of ... See full summary »
19. Adam's Woman (1970)
M | 116 min | Drama
Adam (Beau Bridges) is a young American wrongly accused of being an accomplice to murder while on shore leave in Liverpool. He is sentenced to death by hanging, but the sentence is commuted... See full summary »
20. The Potato Factory (2000– )
Comedy, Drama, History
Based on Bryce Courtenay's novel of the same name, this four-hour miniseries tells the story of Ikey Solomon, his wife Hannah and his mistress Mary. Set in London and Tasmania in the middle... See full summary »
21. The Colony (2005– )
400 min | Documentary, Reality-TV
Two 21st Century families from Britain and Ireland are sent to see how they would cope had they been transported to New South Wales 200 years ago when it was a penal colony. Together with ... See full summary »
23. All the Rivers Run (1983–1990)
400 min | Drama, Romance
Orphaned after a shipwreck off the Victorian coast of Australia, the beautiful and spirited Philadelphia Gordon finds both love and adventure aboard a paddle-steamer on the Murray River.
25. Rogue Nation (2009)
Historian Michael Cathcart tells the epic story of how the colourful characters of early colonial Australia transformed a penal settlement into a land with rights and opportunity in a mere ... See full summary »
26. Van Diemen's Land (2009)
Not Rated | 104 min | Biography, Thriller
The true story of Alexander Pearce, Australia's most notorious convict. In 1822, Pearce and seven fellow convicts escaped from Macquarie Harbour, a place of ultra banishment and punishment,... See full summary »
28. Banished (2015)
60 min | Drama, History
British convicts have been sent to Australia as punishment for their crimes. As they try to live their new lives, they have to live with the new rules. The soldiers also have to adjust.
30. The Nightingale (I) (2018)
R | 136 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.
Votes: 11,883 | Gross: $0.39M
34. Five Mile Creek (1983–1985)
46 min | Drama, Family
Follows the adventures of a group of Americans who travel to the land down under. Teaming up with a native halfway house owner, together they introduce a stagecoach service to the local economy.
73 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
Riverboat Bill, a young boy named Dave, and a fire-breathing Bunyip have adventures up and down the Murray River aboard their salvaged steamboat in early 20th century Australia, facing outlaws and unsympathetic lawmen along the way.
45. Ned Kelly (1970)
GP | 100 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Based on a true story, Ned Kelly is unable to support his family in the Australian outback, he turns to stealing horses in order to make money. He gets more deeply drawn into the outlaw ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,046 | Gross: $0.25M
47. Ned Kelly (2003)