The Love Of Cinema

The Drover’s Wife with Leah Purcell | Picturehouse

May 15, 2022

Felicity Beckett talks to writer, director and actor Leah Purcell about her new film, The Drover’s Wife: The Legend Of Molly Johnson, in cinemas now. 

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 an 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.

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