The Drover's Wife, The Legend Of Molly Johnson


11th May 2022 | 08:30 PM
Stein Auditorium



108 mins

Leah Purcell

Festival And Awards

Grand Jury Prize - Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2021, Sydney Film Festival 2021, Warsaw International Film Festival 2021


In 1893 on an isolated property, a heavily pregnant woman named Molly Johnson and her children struggle to survive the harsh Australian landscape. Her husband is gone, droving sheep in the high country. Molly then finds herself confronted by

a shackled Aboriginal fugitive named Yadaka. As an unlikely  bond begins to form between them, secrets unravel about her true identity. Meanwhile, realizing Molly’s husband is missing, new town lawman Nate Clintoff becomes suspicious and sends his constable to investigate. The deadly encounter between Molly, Yadaka and the constable results in a tragic chain of events with Molly becoming a symbol of feminism and anti- racism.

The  Drover’s  Wife  The  Legend  of  Molly  Johnson  is  a  reimagining  of Leah  Purcell’s  acclaimed  play  and  Henry Lawson’s classic short story. It offers  a  powerful  new  interrogation  of  Australian  history  and  a  universal story  of what a mother will do to protect her children.

  • Cast

    Leah Purcell, Rob Collins, Sam Reid, Jessica de Gouw, Benedict Hardie, Tony Cogin, Harry Greenwood, Malachi Dower, Roberts Jobe Zammit- Harvey, Nash Zammit, Amahlia Olsson, Nicolas Hope, Bruce Spence, Maggie Dence, Tammy McIntosh, Sean Lynch, Victoria&

  • Producer

    Bain Stewart , David Jowsey, Green Simpkin, Angela Littlejohn

  • Screenplay

    Leah Purcell

  • Cinematography

    Mark Wareham

  • Editing

    Dany Cooper

  • Sound
  • Music

    Salliana Campbell