The Floating Brothel

The Lady Juliana
Rachel Hoddy
Mary in Newgate
A Bold Step

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Documentary (2005) – ABC1, BBC2, PBS/WNET
dir. Mark Lewis | prod. Sonja Armstrong | edit. Karin Steininger
Essential Media and Entertainment

  • Best Music for a Documentary nominee, APRA-AGSC Screen Music Awards (2007)
  • First Place Gold Camera Award, US International Film & Video Festival “History & Biography” category (2006)
  • Banff World Television Festival – Hors Concours (out of competition) History and Biography Programs (2006)
  • Finalist 2006 ATOM Awards – Best Documentary Human Story Category
  • Pacific International Documentary Film Festival Finalist (2007)
  • Sydney Morning Herald Couch Potato Awards (2006) – Honourable Mention
  • Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing (2006) – Winner, Secondary School Teaching & Learning Category
  • Australian Cinematographers Society Vic & Tas (2006) – Silver Award for Dramatised Documentary
  • Nominated ‘Most Outstanding Documentary’ Australian TV Logie Awards (2007)

Three women uncover the rags-to-respectability tale of their ancestors – the feisty convicts who became the unlikely founding mothers of modern Australia. This is the rip-roaring tale of The Lady Juliana and the boatload of street-girls, thieves and con-women who sailed to the end of the earth to breathe life into a dying colony. (Broadcast as Voyage of the Courtesans in the USA)

What the Critics have said...

“Four stars… There are not many shows that look at the history of Australian women so this is definitely one not to be missed.” – Adelaide Advertiser, 22 November 2006

“Fascinating… A history lesson no one should miss.” – Sunday Mail, 19 November 2006

“Mark Lewis has delivered a compelling, frequently bawdy and ultimately moving story that lingers long after the viewing” – Clare Morgan, Sydney Morning Herald, 20 November 2006

“Four stars… Those who deride Australian history as dull should tune into this excellent documentary to see just how wrong they are.” – Rachel Browne, Sun Herald, 19 November 2006

“The tale of the Juliana makes solid viewing and is a remarkable piece of history we can be strangely proud of.” – Marcus Casey, Daily Telegraph, 22 November 2006