Cast: Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Sarah Snook, Lachy Hulme, Tim Minchin, Trevor Jamieson, Samuel Johnson
Running Time: 180 minutes
Based on Kate Grenville's multi-award-winning bestselling novel, the two part mini-series The Secret River tells the deeply personal story of Will and Sal Thornhill, early convict colonists in 19th-century New South Wales.
This epic tragedy dramatises the British colonisation of Australia in microcosm, with the dispossession of Indigenous Australians made comprehensible and ultimately heart-breaking as Will Thornhill's claim over a piece of land he titles -Thornhill's Point' on the beautiful and remote Hawkesbury River, brings his family and neighbours into conflict with the traditional owners of the land. Will is driven by an oppressed, impoverished past and a desperate need to provide a safe home for his beloved family in a strange, foreboding land. Compelled by fear, ambition and love, Will's desperation leads an otherwise good man to participate in a terrible crime of inhuman savagery.
The Secret River