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Boswell for the Defence

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The true story of the trial of Mary Borad.

18th century lawyer, essayist and orator, James Boswell (Michael Caine), dwelled in literary circles with the likes of Samuel Johnson and rose to fame as a defender of the rights of the common pastoral people. Struggling with alcoholism, Boswell takes on what might be his most difficult case yet. At issue is a woman, Mary Broad (Samantha Morton), who tried to escape an Australian penal colony with her husband and family, only to lose them all in a shipwreck, of which she was the only survivor. An emotional case of a woman who has lost everything, now faced with the death penalty on top of all her other woes.

Also starring Michael Gamdon. Based on the play by Patrick Edgeworth, directed by Bruce Beresford.

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Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: Undated 2002

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