This production was pure excellence from the opening scenes. From the outset, the audience was catapulted into early colonial Australia. The grit, the grime, the smells. Every experience was visceral and you really felt for the characters as they negotiate the foreign landscape and society. The epic journey down the river delivered snapshots of early colonial life.
The screenplay was sublime. It was authentic. The characters were believable and their personal desires and dreams seemed realistic. The performances were sound and the director shies away from being overly sentimental.