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Brisbane International Film Festival Opening Night

Screening of The Drover’s Wife the Legend of Molly Johnson at QPAC

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QPAC hosted the opening night of the 2021 Brisbane International Film Festival, with the screening of The Drover’s Wife the Legend of Molly Johnson in the Lyric Theatre.

Leah Purcell, the director, writer and star of the movie, is no stranger to our stages. Her most recent performance was as narrator for Time and the Creative Cosmos, as part of the World Science Festival. 

Although Leah was unable to make the Roadshow Films’ Queensland Premiere in person, due to travel restrictions, she was very much there in spirit. She sent a special message to all those in attendance, which included family plus cast and crew of the movie.

“I’m so proud to be your opening night film, in my home state of Queensland, so deeply, deeply disappointed that I can’t be with you all in person to share this very special experience and to celebrate,” Leah said. “I’m very proud of my film and everyone who worked tirelessly on it.”

Leah also thanked QPAC Chief Executive John Kotzas for the ‘very flash’ premiere.

John has been a huge supporter of me and other First Nations work at QPAC for over 25 years.” Leah Purcell.

Watch the full clip here:

The Drover’s Wife the Legend of Molly Johnson is a re-imagining of the Henry Lawson short story and stars Leah as the drover’s wife. Initially a stage play, she adapted the play into a novel as well as the feature film.

We were proud to be part of the 27th annual film festival, celebrating the storytellers. While BIFF is over for another year, The Drover’s Wife the Legend of Molly Johnson will be in cinemas from May 2022.

Prior to the premiere screening, guests were treated to a red carpet arrival. See all the fun from the opening night below, with photography by Andrew Wilson.



Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

We pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors of this land, their spirits and their legacy. The foundations laid by these ancestors – our First Nations Peoples – gives strength, inspiration and courage to current and future generations, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, towards creating a better Queensland.