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The Screen Guide

THE CATALPA RESCUE is the extraordinary story of the daring rescue of six Irish rebels from a notoriously brutal penal colony in Fremantle, West Australia in 1876. It caused an international sensation at the time and has since become one of the most celebrated maritime incidents of all time. At the centre is an unlikely American hero – the quiet Quaker George Smith Anthony, who as captain of the Catalpa, risked his life to sail all the way across the world to bring the rebels back to freedom in the United States, amid scenes of wild public celebration.

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Lisa Sabina-Harney
Lisa Sabina-Harney
Ian Collie
Executive Producers
Chris Hilton

Production Details

Production Completion
Drama, History and national identity
Production Company
Perpetual Entertainment


International Sales
RDF International