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The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson

  • Leah Purcell
  • Australia (2021)
  • MA 15+
109 min


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Featuring superb performances, an evocative setting, and unforgettable characters; The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson is the debut feature from Leah Purcell and influenced by the iconic story by Henry Lawson. Leah Purcell shines in the lead role and title character: Molly Johnson.

Molly Johnson’s husband is away droving sheep, leaving her alone to care for their four children in the remote Snowy Mountains. Despite being heavily pregnant, Molly keeps various threats, from nature and other people, at bay. But when Yadaka, an Aboriginal man on the run from white law enforcement, intrudes on the sanctuary she has carved out, the brutal hardships and secrets that have followed them both throughout their lives must be confronted.

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  • Language
  • Director
    Leah Purcell
  • Cast
    Leah Purcell, Rob Collins, Sam Reid, Jessica de Gouw
  • Screenwriter
    Leah Purcell
  • Genre
    Drama, First Nations

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