Exhibition: Shantaram – The Journey from Punishment to Peace

21 Jul 2023 ‐

21 Jul 2023

12:00 am ‐ 11:59 pm

FREE Entry

Embark on an extraordinary journey: From Punishment to Peace

An exhibition at Warder’s Upstairs.

Experience the captivating story of Gregory David Roberts, the renowned author of Shantaram. Delve into an immersive exhibition at Warder’s Upstairs. Take a moment to imagine the paths wandered by a man who transformed his life from punishment to peace.

Gregory David Roberts, a former convict who served time at Pentridge Prison on two occasions and managed a daring escape, shares his incredible journey with you. From surviving incarceration to life on the run, he defied the odds and emerged as an acclaimed novelist, public speaker, and philanthropist. Listen and watch, as he opens up about finding freedom, his music, and his shares snippets of his life philosophy.

Immerse yourself in this meticulously curated exhibition, developed in collaboration with Gregory David Roberts, the studio behind the Apple TV+ series Shantaram, Paramount Television Studios, and the National Trust, Victoria. Explore his enthralling story through captivating audio, compelling recorded narratives, and costumes from the series.

This event offers a unique chance to escape to the world of Shantaram and discover the triumph of the human spirit.

Entry to the exhibition is free

  • Enrich your experience by booking tickets for the H Division tour and enjoy more of Greg David Roberts escape story, delivered by our National Trust trained guides.
  • There will be a limited program of additional talks and tours associated with the exhibition.
  • Gregory David Roberts books, Shantaram, The Mountain Shadow & The Spiritual Path will all be available for purchase from the Pentridge Prison Tours retail space.

We do recommend bringing your headphones to listen to some of the audio supplied

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Gregory David Roberts in Conversation

Hosted by Michael Veitch (ABC Radio)

Sunday 13 August, 10am – 12noon

Join the author of ‘Shantaram’ Gregory David Roberts (live from Jamaica) in conversation with Michael Veitch, author and former ABC television and radio presenter, as they discuss Melbourne, freedom, life choices and the power of redemption.


Cost: $45 (talk only) or $65 when combined with a H Division Tour of Pentridge Prison, with further stories and insights into Greg’s life in prison.  Tickets to join the event online-only are also available for $25.

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Shantaram – NTV On Location

The 2022 Apple TV+ series, Shantaram, was filmed on location at four NTV properties. Go the behind the scenes to find out more about what it was like to film on location.


Tales from Behind the Bluestones

Meet Ron Isherwood & John Killick

Sunday 27 August, 10.30am – 12noon

Ron Isherwood and John Killick, former inmates of Pentridge Prison, offer first-hand accounts of life behind the bluestones at Pentridge Prison.

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‘It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, when I was chained to a wall and being tortured. I realised, somehow, through the screaming in my mind, that even in that shackled, bloody helplessness, I was still free: free to hate the men who were torturing me, or to forgive them.’

(Shantaram p.3)

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