Director: Jeffrey Walker, Daniel Percival
Scriptwriter: Jimmy McGovern, Shaun Duggan
Genre: Drama, History
Running Time: 7 episodes/60 min.
In the seven-parts British drama David's character is cast in bronze. He's just shining from the pedestal of unattainable
Meet Arthur Phillip, the founder and the first Governor of Sydney, "Father of the Nation" and the man with stunning
breadth of mind, far ahead of his time.
So, in addition to long curls, he must have a strong-willed eyes of leader, the noble uniform of Captain, the
frightening guard of the sword and fragrant fleur of epic. We can see all of these ingredients in presence, and this is real joy
for the melted fans.
Australians do not often recall their history. It is hard to imagine a nightmare which became the basis for the
modern relaxed and prosperous Australia.
The offspring of poverty and vice, who was banished from the familiar environment, British convicts, and not too
different from them soldiers built their world on a lonely, strange and deadly beach, among the poisonous spiders, the
bloodthirsty crocodiles and the unfriendly natives, in the fight against hunger and passion, unbearable heat and homesickness.
Nobody prepared the cultivated fields and comfortable houses for the settlers, who landed on the wild beach of
Port Jackson back in 1788.
And while these children of nature try sort things out, bash and kill each other because of the meager rations and
women, their romantic-pragmatic Governor is trying to create on the bare sand new society of social justice, true morality and
Truly an impossible mission if you do not have a reliable hangman.
David Wenham ... Governor Arthur Phillip
Russell Tovey ... James Freeman
Julian Rhind -Tutt ... Tommy Barrett
MyAnna Buring ... Elizabeth Quinn
Joseph Millson ... Major Ross
Joanna Vanderham ... Kitty McVitie
Ryan Corr ... Corporal MacDonald
Ewen Bremner ...Reverend Johnson
Genevieve O'Reilly ... Mary Johnson
Orla Brady ... Anne Meredith
Brooke Harman ... Deborah
David Dawson ... Captain Collins
Cal Macaninch ... Sergeant Timmins
Adam Nagaitis ... Private Buckley