We will be attending the European Premiere of "Death or Liberty" in the Australian Embassy, Dublin, on Friday November 18th.
This feature-length film (80 mins) tells the story of British and Irish political transportees to Australia - their life and after-life.
Between 1793 and 1867 the British Government banished its radicals, dissenters and rebels to harsh prison colonies at the very edge of the known world - Australia.
Some were to escape and return home as heroes but many stayed in this alien new land ... and made a difference.
Their stories are full of astonishing acts of bravery and derring-do. Here, in their own words, they tell tales that are at once stirring, heart-wrenching, dark, sometimes funny.
Film Premiere in Dublin and London
Based on Tony Moore's book of the same name, this film brings to life the forgotten history of these convict rebels, transported in chains but unbowed and unsilenced.
Death or Liberty features celebrated troubadours Billy Bragg (England), Mick Thomas (Australia) and Lisa O'Neill (Ireland) as well as historians including Thomas Keneally, Dr. Tony Moore and our own Mícheál Ó Doibhilín.
With an international cast of actors, this film tells a tale long forgotten by all but the few.
The Irish showing is booked out, with a long waiting list, but for those who can get to London there will be another chance to see this amazing film before it goes on general release at Nash Theatre, King's College, London, (see poster) onTuesday 22nd at 6.15 pm. Admission is FREE but must be booked.