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The Drover’s Wife

Dir: Leah Purcell
Cast: Leah Purcell, Rob Collins, Sam Reid, Jessica de Gouw
109mins   2021   Australia   15   English | Aboriginal    F-Rated

Tuesday 17 May - Live post-screening conversation with writer, director and star Leah Purcell, hosted Reclaim The Frame Brighton Chapter Impact Producer, Rui Jin (Brighton Community Cinematheque).

In 1893, heavily pregnant Molly Johnson and her children struggle to survive the harsh Australian landscape after her husband leaves to drove sheep in the high country. One day, she finds escaped Indigenous Australian convict  wounded on her property and an unlikely bond begins to form between them.

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, and a labour of love for Purcell, who has also adapted Henry Lawson’s short story into a play and a novel.

'It's Purcell's powerhouse performance that lends the film its punchier, gritty edge' - Debbie Zhou, Guardian