In 1866, a group of Irish rebels who called themselves the Fineans infiltrated British troops in Ireland. Their plan was to be ready when the imminent revolution came. Their plan, however, was exposed and six members were convicted of treason. They were sentenced to deportation: life imprisonment at hard labor in Fremantle, West Australia. One compatriot, John Devoy, who was not a member of the British army, fled to New York City on release. Years later he would orchestrate a daring rescue reaching half way around the world. This film depicts scenes that led up to their capture and a detailed reenactment of the perilous high sea rescue of 'The Fremantle Six' in 1874. The revolution did not come for almost another 50 years.
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Director Lisa Harney
Narrator Liev Schreiber
Subjects The Catalpa Rescue, ocean escape, Fineans, penal colony, Fremantle