The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson

An exceptionally compelling Outback Western... ” Variety

Some Aussie yarns never get old: Henry Lawson’s short story The Drover’s Wife is one such tale, elevating a simple story of woman versus nature to mythic extent.

First published in 1892, the outback saga is well-deserving of some 21st century revision

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. A searing Australian western thriller asking the question: how far do you go to protect your loved ones?

Molly Johnson’s husband is away droving cattle, leaving her alone to care for their four children at their remote Snowy Mountains homestead. 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.

Rating
MA15+
Duration
109 MINS

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