The Drover's Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson



1893. Australian Alpine Country of the Snowy Mountains. On an isolated property, heavily pregnant Molly Johnson has a secret she must keep buried. While her drover husband is away, she and her children struggle to survive. Molly is confronted by a fugitive Aboriginal man, Yadaka. She finds herself in a desperate situation and takes the black man’s offer of help, her life depends on it.

Unbeknown to Molly, there has been a brutal murder of a woman and her children and Yadaka has been blamed for it. He is a wanted man who will bring undesired attention to Molly Johnson. New town up-holder of law, Nate Clintoff, learns Molly’s drover husband is missing and he sends a trooper out to her property to investigate, triggering a chain of ruinous events.

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 Western with love, family, protection, survival, truth and racism at its heart, it asks: how far do you go to protect the ones you love?


Director Leah Purcell

Writer Leah Purcell

Producers Bain Stewart, David Jowsey, Angela Littlejohn, Greer Simpkin, Leah Purcell

Cinematographer Mark Wareham

Editor Dany Cooper

Production Designer Sam Hobbs

Costume Designer Tess Schofield

Hair & Makeup Designer Jennifer Lamphee

Composer Salliana Seven Campbell

Casting Nikki Barrett

About us

Bunya Productions is an award-winning Australian film, television and media production company working with the best creative talent to bring incredible stories to life.