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The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson – preview screening plus live Q&A
May 9, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
A preview of The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson – the new film directed by Australian actress Leah Purcell – will be shown in London next week followed by a live Q&A with Purcell.
Inspired by her own lived experiences and ancestral history, Purcell writes, directs and stars in her debut postcolonial reworking of Henry Lawson’s beloved classic from Australia’s pioneering past. Left to mind the homestead while her sheep drover husband is away in the high country, heavily pregnant Molly Johnson, struggling with her children to survive the harsh Australian landscape, forms an unlikely bond with an escaped Indigenous convict. Meanwhile, new town lawman Nate Clintoff realises that Molly’s husband is missing and sends his constable to investigate. A thrilling tale that explores racism and misogyny under colonial rule.
The screening and Q&A takes place on Monday 9 May at 8pm at Rio Cinema followed by a live Zoom Q&A with Purcell, hosted by Birds Eye View’s director, Melanie Iredale.
The film has a general release on 13 May.