The Drover's Wife 15

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In 1893, heavily pregnant Molly Johnson (Leah Purcell) and her children struggle to survive the harsh Australian landscape after her husband leaves to drove sheep in the high country. Despite being heavily pregnant, Molly is a formidable frontierswoman and keeps most threats – whether from nature or other people – at bay. But when Yadaka (Rob Collins), an Aboriginal man on the run from colonial law enforcement, intrudes on the sanctuary she has carved out, she is forced to confront truths about her past that place them both in danger.

A thrilling tale that explores racism and misogyny under colonial rule, The Drover’s Wife is a labour of love for Purcell, who has also adapted, reclaimed, and reimagined Henry Lawson’s classic colonial short story into a play and a novel.

Please note: All evening screenings of The Drover's Wife will feature an exclusive Reclaim The Frame pre-recorded introduction with filmmaker Leah Purcell.

Reclaim The Frame brings a wider perspective of the world by championing cinema by women & non-binary filmmakers. Run by Birds’ Eye View, a charity with a mission to advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion in film by fostering a community for those who make, show, release and watch them.

To learn more and join the #ReclaimTheFrame mission and receive free cinema tickets and discount codes go to Supported by BFI’s Audience Fund. 


Leah Purcell
1 hour 49 minutes
Jessica De Gouw, Leah Purcell, Rob Collins, Sam Reid


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