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The Drover's Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson 15 rating

Leah Purcell writes, directs and stars in this gripping story about a fiercely protective mother struggling to survive in the harsh Australian outback.

Drama 2020 109 mins

Director: Leah Purcell



In 1893, heavily pregnant Molly Johnson (Leah Purcell) and her children struggle to survive in the harsh Australian outback 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 writer-director-star Purcell, who has also adapted Henry Lawson’s short story into a play and a novel.