Trailer: Leah Purcell braves the Australian Outback in ‘The Legend of Molly Johnson’

Described by writer, director and star Leah Purcell as “the story of a woman who will do all she can to protect those she loves”, “The Legend of Molly Johnson” takes audiences back to 1893 Australia. The western thriller follows Molly (Purcell), a pregnant woman trying to survive the harsh Australian landscape and protect her children. “Cross me and I’ll kill you,” she warns an intruder in a new trailer for the pic.

Molly forms a bond with Yadaka (Rob Collins), an Aboriginal fugitive, and “secrets unfold about her true identity”, the film’s synopsis suggests. A deadly encounter between the couple and a local police officer “sets off a chain of tragic events with Molly becoming a symbol of feminism and anti-racism.”

When we asked Purcell what inspired her to become a filmmaker, actress, novelist and activist from Goa-Gungarri-Wakka Wakka Murri replied: National issues. Giving our stories their authentic voice while maintaining a commercial focus to appeal to a wide and diverse audience.

“The Legend of Molly Johnson” will be released in select theaters and digital platforms on August 19.

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