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The Drover's Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson

(Rated MA15+)

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“Fight for my children, fight for my life, I will”

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Overview

A dark, powerful and riveting revisionist Aussie western led formidably by writer-director-star Leah Purcell. While her husband is away droving cattle, a pregnant Molly Johnson (Leah Purcell) takes care of her children and wards away all manner of frontier threats from her Snowy Mountains homestead. One day an Indigenous man on the run from white law enforcement, Yadaka (Rob Collins), appears on her doorstep. Molly greets him with hostility but when Yadaka proves to be of help, the two reveal and confront the brutal hardships and secrets of their past. As the law closes in, Molly will do everything in her power to ensure the survival of her children and herself.

Official Selection
— Sydney Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival
“An exceptionally compelling outback western”
— Variety
“Purcell has done a remarkable job piecing together something even greater than Lawson offered”
— Time Out
“A stinging demythologisation”
— ABC
“Brings an unflinching new perspective to Australian cinema’s ongoing engagement with the frontier”
— The Conversation

Why You Should See This Film

Following her acclaimed 2016 stage-play and 2019 best-selling novel, Goa, Gungarri and Wakka Wakka Murri writer-director-actor Leah Purcell now brings her reimagining of Henry Lawson’s 1892 short story to the screen. Combining western genre with extensive historic research, her own family history and the historic oppressions of colonial Australia, Purcell’s feature debut is as gripping as it is truthful – well deserving of its standing ovation at Sydney Film Festival.

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  • Year: 2021
  • Rating: MA15+
  • Director: Leah Purcell
  • Cast: Leah Purcell, Rob Collins, Sam Reid, Jessica De Gouw, Malachi Dower-Roberts
  • Duration: 109 minutes
  • Language: English
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