The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson

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Synopsis

In 1893, heavily pregnant Molly Johnson (Leah Purcell) and her children struggle to survive the harsh Australian landscape after her husband leaves to drove sheep in the high country. One day, she finds escaped Indigenous Australian convict (Rob Collins) wounded on her property and an unlikely bond begins to form between them. Meanwhile, new town lawman Nate Clintoff realises that Molly’s husband is missing and sends his constable to investigate. A thrilling tale that explores racism and misogyny under colonial rule, and a labour of love for Purcell, who has also adapted Henry Lawson’s short story into a play and a novel.

Genre: Drama

Production Details

Director and Writer: Leah Purcell
Cast: Leah Purcell, Sam Reid, Rob Collins, Jessica De Gouw

Technical Details

Length: 1hr 49mins
Language: English
Certificate: TBC
Format: DCP, Blu-ray and DVD

Release

  • Date: 13th May 2022

Festivals

  • Official Selection, SXSW Film Festival and Melbourne International Film Festival (2021)

DistributorModern Films
Contact: anna@modernfilms.com

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