The Voyage of Bounty's Child (1984)

Released in the same year as the Bounty starring Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins, this documentary continues to clear the name of the much-maligned Captain Bligh, overthrown by a mutiny in ... See full synopsis »

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Michael Edols

Writer:

Cecil Holmes

Star:

Leo McKern
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Released in the same year as the Bounty starring Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins, this documentary continues to clear the name of the much-maligned Captain Bligh, overthrown by a mutiny in 1789. Captain R. W. Bligh-Ware, several generations removed from his famous ancestor, put together a crew of eight and sailed from Tonga to Fiji, to Vanuatu, to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia's east coast, and finally, to the island of Timor, in eastern Indonesia -- a trip of 4,000 miles across the middle of the South Pacific. After he was thrown off the Bounty, this was the route followed by Captain Bligh in an open boat -- and he survived somehow. The difficulties of this journey across dangerous seas, and through one severe storm, were captured on film by director Michael Edols. The narration is particularly lively, apparently based on many of the original Bligh's own thoughts and feelings.. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide

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Australia

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English

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6 September 1984 (Australia) See more »

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An early reality show on film

I liked this a lot.

Its premise is to duplicate the many thousand mile voyage of Captain Bligh and several crew after he was kicked off his ship the Bounty.

With remarkably few resources he held his crew and the boat together.

With this recreation, the boat is a careful replica built in New Zealand, and they managed to dig up (not literally I hope) a distant relative of Bligh to be Captain.

We have the term "A Captain Bligh" for someone who is Autocratic and downplays the skills of others. And the relative does show this tendency.

As this is before the idea of "reality shows" the emotions here are quite real as the crew grumbles and starts hating every moment.

So a really interesting study of human emotion. Against this is the difficulty of making an interesting documentary sitting on a small boat in the middle of the Pacific.


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