“The Legend of Molly Johnson” is set on an isolated estate in 1893, where a heavily pregnant woman named Molly Johnson (Leah Purcell) and her children struggle to survive in the harsh Australian landscape. Her husband is gone, driving the sheep in the high country. Molly then finds herself encountering an Aboriginal fugitive named Yadaka (Rob Collins); An unlikely bond begins to form between them, revealing secrets about Molly’s true heritage as an Aboriginal woman. As more pieces of the past are shared, unleashing a tragic turn of events, Molly becomes an unlikely symbol of feminism and anti-racism.
Inspired by a short story by Australian writer Henry Lawson that she heard as a child, writer, director and star Leah Purcell transforms the classic colonial tale into a compelling tale of feminist empowerment. In this video report, journalist Kathryn Tulich talks to Purcell.