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The Legend of Molly Johnson

A mother's fierce determination to protect her children in the harsh Australian frontier.


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Official Selection of the 2021 SXSW Film Festival and Opening Film of the Melbourne International Film Festival, written and directed by Leah Purcell. 'The Legend of Molly Johnson' is based on the famous Henry Lawson story, telling the tale of Molly, a strong, proud and suspicious woman who would do anything to protect her children from frontier wars, police, violence and robberies in Australia in 1883. It has beautiful cinematography that brings visual beauty to the story, revealing the protagonist's impunity and powerlessness for her experiences.



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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, that offers a powerful new interrogation of Australian history and a universal story of what a mother will do to protect her children.

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