The Drover's Wife (Baby Friendly) 15

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This film was last shown on 23 May 2022

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: this screening is for parents and guardians of children under 1 only.


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


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