An Emotional Will

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I just try to carry the sense of integrity and authenticity I had in the beginning of my career, because I think that’s what makes people interested in you in the first place. It’s important not to lose that.

– Alex O’Loughlin, Movieline, 19 April 2010

Mary Bryant was filmed entirely in Australia during in 2004 on a $15 million budget, making it Australia’s biggest mini-series up until that time.

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• In 2005, Alex O’Loughlin and Romola Garai received Australian Film Institute nominations for Best Lead Actor and Best Lead Actress in Television. They did not win, but the production did win an AFI Award for Best Telefeature or Mini Series.
• In 2006, Mary Bryant also won a Logie for Most Outstanding Miniseries/Telemovie. Alex O’Loughlin and Romola Garai were both nominated for a Silver Logie in the categories Most Outstanding Actor and Most Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series.

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• The mini-series has also won awards at the Chicago International Film Festival in 2006 (Best Mini-Series and Special Achievement: Direction for Peter Andrikidis)
• and the New York Festivals in 2007 – Best Mini-Series, Drama Mini-Series.

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 That’s a thinking actor, that’s Alex. Every moment he’s making sure that he’s giving two hundred percent, which makes my job a lot easier.

– Director Peter Andrikidis on Alex O’Loughlin

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29 responses to “An Emotional Will

  1. This is a really great film. Three hours very well spent.

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  2. Anwyn

    I also think it’s a great piece of film, but I never made it beyond Alex uuupps! I mean Will’s death. Shame on me. I will catch up on this soon. I just so much adore the expressions on his beautiful, tanned face. One can spend hours just watching the tiny movements and changes in his countenance. And his lashes in the 1st pic are killing me. TY.

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  3. LindaSue

    I always enjoy seeing the little moments of film that you capture and share with us. I loved seeing Alex play the part of Will in this film.

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  4. Wow, you’ve chosen the most beautiful emotional moments here! It really makes me wanna watch the mini-series again!
    And I’ll never get over the gorgeousness of Alex’s face. I think I would die if he looked at me like that… *sigh*

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  5. Ontlls

    Oh my, your timing is perfect. Had a dream about Will last night!

    It’s been awhile since I have been here and the picture on the left side 😯 Oh my WOW!! Um, just WOW!!
    Picture on the right is that Kevin from “The sheild” or season 1 “H50’s McGarrett”??

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  6. Mary Bryant is a very good series 🙂
    I really enjoyed it and definitely want to see it again.
    Very good performances from the cast and Alex was just amazing in it.

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  7. Love this mini series! It showed years ago in New Zealand and I remember thinking man that Will is hot!That was my first introduction to Alex. Nice to know my taste hasn’t changed in the last 10 years lol only improved with age much like Alex *sigh* ♥

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    • Wow 🙂 We got Moonlight and Mary Bryant almost back to back, just by chance happened to have TV on the right channel and I think I recognised Alex from ML and then had to look him up. “Who is this guy?” and rest is history…

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  8. DrDebD

    I asked before but got no answer – where can I find Mary Bryant other than on demand TV? Can I buy it on Amazon? would love to see it. Mahalo! Deb

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  9. DrDebD

    many thanks for your help! I will try to find it on DVD first. Deb

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  10. Thank you, Paula for making a post of Will. I missed him.
    Create a film or a series based on true historical facts is not always easy and they did a great job. Alex was amazing in this mini-series. He manages with his look, face and gestures tell over half of Will’s story, we know how Will feels during all the time. And the nominations and award were well deserved. It’s definetly a must watching for any Alex’s fan.

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  11. Brenda

    This is another role I haven’t seen. Thanks so much for posting. The emotion on Alex’s face is simply amazing and melts me once again. Big sigh.

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  12. Thanks so much for this post! I just love Alex as Will. Brenda, you must see it! 😀

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  13. The acting by Alex and Romola was absolutely amazing and deeply moving in this mini series. I am shocked that neither got an award and curious to know which of the other nominees actually beat them and even WHO the other nominees were!!

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    • AFI Awards:
      Best Lead Actor in Television

      WINNER
      MDA: Shane Bourne
      NOMINEES
      Love My Way: Dan Wyllie
      Mary Bryant: Alex O’Loughlin
      We Can Be Heroes: Chris Lilley

      Best Lead Actress in Television

      WINNER
      Love My Way: Claudia Karvan
      NOMINEES
      Mary Bryant: Romola Garai
      Through My Eyes: Miranda Otto
      Little Oberon: Sigrid Thornton

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    • Logie Awards 2006:
      Most Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
      WINNER
      Love My Way: Dan Wyllie
      NOMINEES
      Blue Heelers: John Wood
      All Saints: John Howard
      Love My Way: Brendan Cowell
      Mary Bryant: Alex O’Loughlin

      Most Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
      WINNER
      Love My Way: Claudia Karvan
      NOMINEES
      Love My Way: Asher Keddie
      Mary Bryant: Romola Garai
      Hell Has Harbour Views: Lisa McCune
      The Surgeon: Justine Clarke

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      • Thank You FOYeur. I think Alex and Romola ended up being much more fanous than any of those people. Romola Garai is a huge star in the UK and Alex well known all over the World.

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  14. I just watched this gem in its’ entirety a couple of weeks ago. Alex and Romola were amazing in their portrayal of two people so in love and desperate to save their children from a life of imprisonment and starvation. My heart ached for Will as he watched Mary give herself to Lt. Clarke so they could escape. Their first kiss was my favorite of all Alex’s on screen kisses. It was so sensual. It was captured so beautifully with the camera angle catching his chiseled jawline, his soft lips and those amazing eyelashes as he gently kissed her smiling face. *Sigh*
    Also, loved the scene in the tent where he says in a very sexy voice, “Oh…it’ll last.” Then he flashes that CFM smile and ((THUD))

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  15. Aaww, these emo faces are heart (and panty) melting! Also, your new side banner, squee! A very intense look on the side banner – is Steve checking himself out, looking at the yummy topless pic on the other side? 😀

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  16. This mini series is one of my favorites with Alex, besides Moonlight (my first Alex encounter and my first love 🙂 ). There are so many beautiful emotional scenes which Alex plays to perfection.

    Though it might sound strange, my favorite scene is Will’s death. All the emotions you can see on his face, the love for his family, the sadness about never see them again, the hope his sacrifice might save time for them to escape, the love for life, and finally the determination to rather die fighting than being imprisoned again. It’s a great scene, just to think and write about it now brings tears to my eyes, and the most amazing about it is that it’s Alex’ version. It was scripted a bit different, Alex stretched the scene with the long gaze over the water, and the director liked it and used it. (There is a post about it on here, somewhere.)

    Thanks for the great gifs, Paula!

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