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Filming has begun in NSW this week on Leah Purcell’s The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson, Leah’s feature film adaptation of her hugely successful stage play.
Leah will direct and star in the film and has written the screenplay. She is joined in the cast by Rob Collins (Cleverman, The Wrong Girl), Sam Reid (Lambs of God, The Railway Man), Jessica de Gouw (Arrow, Gretel & Hansel), Malachi Dower-Roberts, Tony Cogin and Harry Greenwood.
The film is produced by Bain Stewart for Oombarra Productions and David Jowsey, Angela Littlejohn and Greer Simpkin for Bunya Productions. Roadshow Films will distribute the film in Australia and New Zealand.
The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson is a reimagining of Leah Purcell’s acclaimed play and Henry Lawson’s classic short story. A searing Australian Snowy Mountains revenge Western with love, family, protection, survival, truth, misogyny and racism at its heart, it asks the question: how far do you go to protect the ones you love?
“This story has been with me for a long time from when my mother used to read it to me as a small child,” says Purcell. “To be able to realise this film now along with Bunya Productions after writing the play and novel is a part of my contemporary Dreaming and I’m thrilled and excited to be doing so with amazing, supportive partners as Screen Australia, Screen NSW, Memento and Roadshow Films.”
The film will be shot in Adaminaby, Snowy Mountains, the Monaro Plains and in Western Sydney.
The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson is a Oombarra and Bunya Productions production. Major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen NSW.