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In the Snowy Mountains, Hell hath no fury like a mother scorned. A searing reimagining of Leah Purcell's play and Henry Lawson's classic short story.

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Leah Purcell - Rob Collins - Sam Reid - Jessica De Gouw - Benedict Hardie - Harry Greenwood - Tony Cogin - Malachi Dower-Roberts
Production Completion
Thriller, Western
Production Company
The Drovers Wife: The Legend Of Molly Johnson Productions Pty Ltd
International Sales
Memento Films International

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  • Development support
  • Production support

Screen News

The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson: behind the scenes

Writer, director and leading actress Leah Purcell talks about her deep connection to the Snowy Mountains landscape in making her new feature film The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson.

26 Apr 2022
By Matthew Jenkin
Here Out West: behind the scenes

Podcast – Writer/director Leah Purcell on her feature film debut

The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson writer, director, producer and star Leah Purcell on adapting her acclaimed play for the screen.

21 Apr 2022
By Caris Bizzaca
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Podcast – Bunya Productions: David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin

The producers behind the highest-rating Australian adult TV drama of 2020 – Mystery Road series 2 – discuss new frontier film High Ground and creating stories with something to say.

29 Jan 2021
By Caris Bizzaca
Podcast – Producer Bruna Papandrea: taking books to screen

Leah Purcell and The Drover’s Wife

After a year of scooping up all available awards, Purcell is turning her play into a film, TV series and a novel.

31 Jan 2018
By Pip Bulbeck
Bunya: Sweet Country, Mystery Road & more

Media Releases

Three Australian films selected for South By Southwest Festival 2021

Three Australian films have been selected for South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival, which will be held online next month from 16 – 20 March, including two world premieres.

11 Feb 2021