The Drovers Wife

The Drovers Wife

The Drovers Wife | The Legend of Molly Johnson

Special Screening and Q & A with Director
  • Tue 22 Nov 2022
  • 6—9PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Rating: M
  • Face coverings optional
  • Booking recommended
  • General $15
  • Concession $10 for seniors, students, gallery friends and community service card holders (with valid ID)
  • As there is no allocated seating doors open 15 minutes before screenings, please come early to avoid disappointment
  • To minimise disruption no admittance to cinema 10 minutes after session starts
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked

Leah Purcell writes, directs and stars in this highly anticipated adaptation of her award-winning play and novel – a vivid reckoning with Australia's colonial history through the tale of one woman's resilience.

Join us after the screening for an exclusive Q & A session with Leah and Libby Hakaraia from the Māoriland Film Festival.

Leah Purcell is a proud Goa-Gunggari-Wakka Wakka woman born and bred in Murgon, Queensland. Leah is a multi-award-winning director, actor, writer, producer and showrunner. She has written and directed landmark film, TV and theatrical works such as; Box the Pony, Redfern Now, Cleverman, The Secret Daughter, My Life is Murder, The Twelve and The Drover’s Wife.

She is an AACTA, Helpmann, The Deadly’s, Australian Directors Guild, AWGIE, IF, AFI, Matilda and Logie award winning and nominated artist for her outstanding work on iconic feature film, TV and theatre such as Lantana, Jindabyne and The Proposition; Police Rescue, Janet King and Wentworth; Box the Pony, The Story of the Miracles at Cookie’s Table and The Drover’s Wife.

Her writing has been recognised with NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, a Queensland Premier’s Literary Award, and the Victorian Prize for Literature. In 2017, she received the Sydney UNESCO City of Film Award and in 2021 was made a member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the Performing Arts, to First Nations Youth and Culture, and to Women.

Most recently, she was the 2021 Winner Asia Pacific Screen Awards Jury Grand Prize for her multifaceted role in her directorial debut, writer, producer and lead actor of the feature film, The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson.

In April 2022 at the QLD Gala Industry Awards Leah was the recipient of the 2022 Chauvel Award for her contribution to Australian Film, TV and the Arts, especially in the genre of Women’s and First Nations storytelling. Former Chauvel Awards recipients have been Academy Award winner’s Heath Ledger, George Miller and Dean Semler and Australian producer legends Jan Chapman and Sue Maslin.

Currently Leah is starring opposite Sigourney Weaver in Amazon Originals, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart produced by Bruna Papandrea and Made Up Stories, and in-development on the premium limited series based on The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson novel and film.



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.

“An exceptionally compelling outback western.” – Variety

2022 | Drama | 108 min | Dir. Leah Purcell

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The Drovers Wife

The Drovers Wife

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