WEDNESDAY 13 APRIL 2022
The Drover’s Wife
The Legend of Molly Johnson
Wednesday 13 April 2022 | 8.00 pm
Australia | 2020 | 109 mins
Director: Leah Purcell
Stars: Leah Purcell, Rob Collins, Sam Reid.
Written, directed and starring Leah Purcell, The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson is the first Australian feature film with an Indigenous woman writing, directing and performing the lead role.
Set in evocative locations, The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson is a stunning reimagining of Henry Lawson’s iconic classic short story.
Molly Johnson’s husband is away droving sheep, leaving her alone to care for their four children in the remote Snowy Mountains. Despite being heavily pregnant, Molly keeps various threats, from nature and other people, at bay.
But when Yadaka, an Aboriginal man on the run from white law enforcement, intrudes on the sanctuary she has carved out, the brutal hardships and secrets that have followed them both throughout their lives must be confronted.
“The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson film is based on my personal experience as a fair-skinned, Aboriginal woman who grew up in a small country town and now lives in the city.
“I’m a woman brought up by storytellers, within a culture where the tradition of storytelling is passed down and our histories are heard from the Black experience, not from white-washed history books. As an Aboriginal creator, expressing what it means to be black within today’s world through my work in film, television and theatre is vitally important to me. Our traditions can be destroyed, and our languages lost but our stories are ours, and ours to tell.”
Gripping, visually spectacular…a visually ravishing and commendably nuanced.