This high-quality BBC/ABC historical dramatisation tells
the gruesome but true story of Irish convict turned
cannibal, Alexander Pearce. Locked up and shackled in a
Hobart prison Pearce (Tiaras McMenamin: Jericho) is
visited by parish priest and fellow Irishman Father
Philip Conolly (Adrian Dunbar: The Crying Game).
Pearce's unfathomable tale of abuse and murder will push
Father Conolly's religious convictions to the limit.
Sentenced to seven years jail for stealing six pairs of
shoes Pearce, a farm labourer, was shipped to Van
Diemen's Land in 1819 to serve out his term. After being
flogged hundreds of times for misbehaviour he was deemed
beyond redemption and sent to an isolated prison on
Sarah Island, Held in atrocious conditions, tortured and
degraded, Pearce was determined to breakout. He soon met
like-minded inmates and together they planned their
escape through the remote Tasmanian wilderness. Already
weak from lack of food at the camp, within days their
hunger was unbearable and the group leaders decided to
kit and eat one of the fugitives to survive. After fifty
days, only Pearce was alive. Tried and found gutty of
murder and cannibalism Pearce was condemned to death.
Featuring a standoutcast, including Don Hany (Lucky
Miles), Dan Wyllie (Underbelly). Chris Haywood (Shine),
Martin Jacobs (All Saints) and Bob Franklin (Stupid
Stupid Man), The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce is
a gripping portrait of a man who endured the
unimaginable by doing the unthinkable.