‘Molly Johnson’ Creates Her Legend on Digital, VOD Aug. 19
“A riveting debut. Purcell’s supreme acting takes center stage.”
– Debbie Zhou, The Guardian
“A wholly confident, brutal appraisal of Australia’s colonial history.”
– Roxana Hadadi, Pajiba
“An engrossing thriller. Purcell throws herself into the central role with fiery conviction.
– David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
“This riveting film from an anti-colonial, feminist, First Nations lens is something to be celebrated.”
– Stephen A. Russell, Time Out
In 1893 on an isolated property, a heavily pregnant woman named Molly Johnson (Leah Purcell) and her children struggle to survive the harsh Australian landscape; her husband is gone, droving sheep in the high country. Molly then finds herself confronted by a shackled Aboriginal fugitive named Yadaka (Rob Collins). As an unlikely bond begins to form between them, secrets unravel about her true identity. Meanwhile, realizing Molly’s husband is missing, new town lawman Nate Clintoff becomes suspicious and sends his constable to investigate. The deadly encounter between Molly, Yadaka and the constable results in a tragic chain of events with Molly becoming a symbol of feminism and anti-racism.
The Legend of Molly Johnson is a reimagining of Leah Purcell’s acclaimed play and Henry Lawson’s classic short story. A searing Australian revenge tale and a stark revisionist Western, The Legend of Molly Johnson offers a powerful new interrogation of Australian history and a universal story of what a mother will do to protect her children.
Written and Directed by: Leah Purcell
Producedby: Nicole Dade, David Jowsey, Angela Littlejohn, Leah Purcell, Greer Simpkin, Bain Stewart
Cinematographer: Mark Wareham
Editedby: Dany Cooper
Starring: Leah Purcell, Sam Reid, Rob Collins, Jessica De Gou