For the Term of his Natural Life

For the Term of his Natural Life (Charles MacMahon, 1908) prod. Charles MacMahon, E. J. Carroll, Messrs Gunn Osborne & Jerdan; from the novel by Marcus Clarke, dp Byers Coates; Martyn Keith, Rosie Knight Phillips, Mrs Barry Lane; 2000ft; prison at Port Arthur, Tasmania

This collection of highlights from Marcus Clarke's complex novel of the convict days was the first of several adaptations for the screen. It was based on a popular stage version, and according to the Bulletin, 13 August 1908, the story had been 'severely edited, but the boiling-down was evidently done by a man who knew his business, for the continuity of the yarn is quite unbroken'. Pike & Cooper: 8-9

None of the film has survived.


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