Well, there is not much to report about Alex these day so I thought I would post a review of one of his older movies.
The movie is called The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant and it is the true story of Mary Bryant, a British woman who was sentenced to 7 years in an Australian penal colony for stealing a bonnet and some food. On the journey she meets Will Bryant (played by Alex) and they become fast friends and allies on this horrendous journey. There is very little food for them, they almost drown when the ship is under storm, and Mary has to give birth to her first baby during the trip.the child of one of her jailers in Britain.
When they get to Australia things look to be bit brighter initially, despite a VERY graphic mass rape scene as men and women prisoners, who were separated during the journey, are now allowed to co-mingle. Mary and Will are allowed to marry and have a ramshackle home to raise Mary’s daughter and their son that soon follows. Since Will is a fisherman he makes an arrangement with the colony admin to catch fish for the whole colony and keep 1/12 of the bounty as payment. Everything is going fairly well until this arrangement collapses as food becomes scarce for everyone and hundreds begin to starve and die or get sick and die. Mary vows to never let that happen to her children so she and Will and a handful of other prisoners plan to make a getaway. Their plan centers upon stealing supplies for the trip that are obtained when Mary takes up with an officer and moves into his quarters to steal away his key as needed. Although heart broken, Will understands that Mary will do whatever she has to do to be free and he supports her. Letting his children starve is not an option for him either.
They pull off their escape and travel 4000 miles on a one heck of a journey to land in Dutch occupied territory. All is well for awhile and they live very comfortably among some great new people until the officer that Mary wronged comes after her AND the man she really loves. Everything goes down hill from there and it is a very tragic story but still very touching. After all she goes through and everything and everyone she loses she is pardoned by the British government. Oh¦I am getting teary thinking of it.
This is a must see movie from a historical aspect and Alex O’loughlin was WONDERFUL in it.
Here is a video showing the romance between Will and Mary: