This CD was produced by Philip Powers (and Simon Walker).
This mini-series made in Australia in 1982 was based on the famous convict novel by Marcus Clarke.
The story follows the progress of a wrongly convicted Englishmen, Rufus Dawes as he is sent to an Australian penal colony. The score by Simon Walker captures the anguish of a psychological conflict between a condemned man and the knowledge of his innocence, the hardship of the penal camps, and the inhuman brutality of the guards.
The score moves from the raw energy of a fight in a coal mine amongst prisoners, to the excitement of Dawes' escape, to the love that he has for the woman he has been separated from, Sylvia. For those who have seen the mini-series, it is a reminder of the different events which occurred in Dawes' often tragic adult life. For others, it will be an introduction to the composer of one of the most symphonic scores ever composed for an Australian mini-series.
As a matter of interest, this compact disc release was the first produced by the Australian soundtrack company ONEMONE Records.
- Philip Powers