In 1893, heavily pregnant Molly Johnson (Leah Purcell) and her children struggle in isolation to survive the harsh Australian landscape after her husband left to go droving sheep in the high country. One day, she finds a shackled Aboriginal fugitive named Yadaka (Rob Collins) wounded on her property. As an unlikely bond begins to form between them he reveals secrets about her true identity.
Realizing Molly’s husband is actually missing, new town lawman Nate Clintoff (Sam Reid) starts being suspicious and sends his constable to investigate. The deadly encounters between Molly, the constable and Yadaka results in a tragic chain of events with Molly becoming a symbol of feminism and anti-racism.
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 revenge tale and a stark revisionist Western, The Drover’s Wife the Legend of Molly Johnson offers a powerful new interrogation of Australian history and a universal story of what a mother will do to protect her children.
Australia / 2020 / English