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Film Fest presents ‘The Legend of Molly Johnson’ encore Aug. 19-25


Festival hit tells the universal story of what a mother will do to protect her children in "The Legend of Molly Johnson." (Photos courtesy of SIFF)

Festival hit tells the universal story of what a mother will do to protect her children in "The Legend of Molly Johnson." (Photos courtesy of SIFF)


Originally Published: August 17, 2022 1:10 a.m.

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the encore of “The Legend of Molly Johnson” showing Aug. 19-25 at the Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre.

“The Legend of Molly Johnson” premiered at the recent Sedona Film Festival to rave audience reviews and was one of the highest rated films in the festival lineup. It is returning to Sedona by popular demand.

In 1893 on an isolated property, a heavily pregnant woman named Molly Johnson (Leah Purcell) and her children struggle to survive the harsh Australian landscape; her husband is gone, droving sheep in the high country.

Molly then finds herself confronted by a shackled Aboriginal fugitive named Yadaka (Rob Collins). As an unlikely bond begins to form between them, secrets unravel about her true identity. Meanwhile, realizing Molly’s husband is missing, new town lawman Nate Clintoff becomes suspicious and sends his constable to investigate. The deadly encounter between Molly, Yadaka and the constable results in a tragic chain of events with Molly becoming a symbol of feminism and anti-racism.

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

“The Legend of Molly Johnson” will be shown at the Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Aug. 19-25. Showtimes will be 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19 and 20; and 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 22, 24 and 25.

Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit:SedonaFilmFestival.org.