New DVD showcases Port Arthur

February 25, 2008

The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority has released a new souvenir DVD containing two fascinating short films made by local production companies that offer an entertaining and informative insight into the history of the convict settlement.

The Port Arthur Historic Site is a physical testament to Australia’s dramatic convict history. Its buildings, ruins and picturesque landscape challenge visitors to recall the harsh labour imposed and despair experienced amid such beauty, as well as the industry and determination that started building the nation.

Port Arthur: a machine to grind rogues honest provides an insight into the operation of the convict prison settlement at Port Arthur, Tasmania. Featuring stunning photography and brilliant three-dimensional reconstructions of Port Arthur in its heyday, it touches on the lives of the convicts, soldiers, administrators and their families and offers an intriguing glimpse into the everyday life of this extraordinary place. It was produced for PAHSMA by Stormfront Productions

The Asylum examines the many uses to which the Asylum building at Port Arthur has been put in its varied history. From housing the miserable human wreckage of the convict era through school house, administrative centre for the community and centre of social life, the building’s story is told with stylish images and haunting music. It was produced by Roar Film.

The DVD also contains a message from PAHSMA chairman, Dr Barry Jones, about the important role that visitors and others can play in supporting the continued conservation of the Port Arthur Historic Site.

The total running time of the DVD is approximately 20 minutes and sells for $15. It is available exclusively from the Gift Shop at the Historic Site, but if you can’t make it down, give the friendly staff a call on 03 6251 2333 and they’ll happily arrange a postal order.

The cover of the souvenir disc

The cover of the souvenir disc