The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant (2005) short review

The story of Mary Bryant, one of the first group of British prisoners sent to the penal colony at Botany Bay (Australia), her life and her attempts to escape (I won’t tell you how it all shakes out!). Really entertaining, dramatic story that has obviously been beefed up but is still well done. Romola Garai as Mary spends most of the film in rags, but during one period she’s more nicely dressed and hanging out with society, and the costumes, wigs, and makeup are GREAT (altho Romola herself is in suspiciously restrained hair/makeup – keep your eye on the supporting characters/extras for more accurate costuming).


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.