Conference Hall 1, Level 2

This session will be streamed into Conference Halls 2 & 3

Actor, writer, director and producer – Leah Purcell wears all hats and does so with finesse and energy. Her nomination for the 2018 AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress In A Television Drama, thanks to her outstanding performance in Wentworth adds to her already impressive list of accolades, with 2017 alone heralding wins at the AWGIE Awards, Helpmann Awards, UNESCO City of Film Awards and Victorian Premier Literary Awards, all based on her theatrical retelling of The Drover’s Wife. That’s led her to develop The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson into a novel, TV series and feature film.

Leah will trace her successes and struggles, from the young Indigenous girl who dared to dream of a career in film, stage and television, to the Goa-Gunggari-Wakka Wakka Murri woman from the Queensland bush who has carved out a stellar career, taking control and steering the creation of her own intellectual property long before the term “showrunner” was part of the entertainment vernacular.