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The Drover's Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson

MA15+ 109 MIN
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Synopsis

A reworking of the 1892 Henry Lawson short story, The Drover’s Wife is a subversive directorial and writing debut by Leah Purcell, who stars as the legendary Molly Johnson. On an isolated farm in the alpine country of the Snowy Mountains, the heavily pregnant Molly and her young children are struggling to survive in the absence of her drover husband. When an Indigenous fugitive, Yadaka (Rob Collins) arrives on her property, Molly initially meets him with hostility. Gradually, Yadaka proves helpful in challenging situations, and seems to provide a link to Molly’s past, uncovering brutal truths and secrets which must be confronted.

Purcell’s vibrant cinematic adaptation follows a novel and award-winning play, bringing a radical and striking contemporary vision to the story. In this third, cinematic incarnation, Purcell’s supreme acting takes centre stage alongside complex, invigorating supporting characters. The Drover’s Wife reimagines a classic Australian story from an Indigenous Feminist perspective, depicting the struggles of a wife battling the harsh frontier of the Australian bushland.

Movie Information

Release date

Thursday 5th May

Duration

109 min

Rating

MA15+

Cast

Rob Collins, Sam Reid, Jessica De Gouw, Leah Purcell, Malachi Dower-Roberts

Director

Leah Purcell

Genre

Drama

Participating Cinemas

Palace Balwyn Cinema, Pentridge Cinema



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