Van Diemen's Land

de Jonathan auf der Heide



In the early 19th century, the area known as Tazmania was used as a penal colony. It was a no-man’s land that went by the name of Van Diemen’s Land. In it, convict Alexander Pearce embarks on a journey to freedom, sharing the trip with seven other prisoners. A journey that triggers a ferocious struggle between them. Based on a true story, this film brings two different fronts into conflict: the vast, salvage landscape and man’s inherent violence, Australia’s colonial past and the power of instinct. A film loaded with power and courage, with a Herzogian hero who must face the darkest side of the human being.


Jonathan auf der Heide

An actor with experience in different theater companies in his native Tazmania, he always wanted to take the story Alexander Pearce to the big screen. To do so, he studied at the Melbourne University’s school of cinema and television. His graduation thesis short, Hell’s Gate (07) was the prelude to his first feature film: Van Diemen’s Land.

Technical information

Edition: 2009
Section: Noves Visions - Ficció
Original language: English, Irish