The Drover's Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson

The Drover's Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson

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This feature film take on Leah Purcell’s acclaimed play, based on Henry Lawson’s classic short story, follows the struggles of a lonely bushwoman raising her children and running the family farm while her husband is away.

2021Rating: MA15+, Strong violence109 minsAustralia
Drama

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The Drover's Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson | Reviews

78%36 reviews

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It’s Purcell’s powerhouse performance that lends the film its punchier, gritty edge.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Purcell, as star, stays resolute to the last, but as filmmaker, her sharp ideas are dulled into something that barely leaves a mark.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

Despite struggling with a thematic focus, the film presents a woman who is well worth getting to know.

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The Conversation

The Conversation

A subversive survival story that brings an unflinching new perspective to Australian cinema’s ongoing engagement with the frontier.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The engrossing thriller is admirably ambitious but choppy, at times eluding the director’s grasp.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

An impassioned film with an unflinching Indigenous and feminist perspective.

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