Gold Coast Film Festival – Screen Industry Gala Awards Winners

‘The Drover’s Wife The Legend Of Molly Johnson’ ‘The Drover’s Wife The Legend Of Molly Johnson’

Award-winning actor, writer, producer and director Leah Purcell is the 2022 recipient of the prestigious Chauvel Award at the Gold Coast Film Festival’s Screen Industry Gala Awards last night (21 April).


The Chauvel Award recognises significant contribution to the Australian screen industry, named in honour of pioneering filmmakers Charles and Elsa Chauvel.

Leah has a hefty list of accolades to her name – she’s an AACTA, Helpmann, Deadly’s, ADG, AWGIE, IF, Logie award-winning and nominated artist. She’s been a part of film and television such as ‘Lantana’ and ‘Jindabyne’, ‘The Proposition’ and ‘Last Cab To Darwin’, ‘Redfern Now’ and ‘Cleverman’, ‘The Secret Daughter’ and ‘Janet King’.

Her latest work is play ‘The Drover’s Wife’, which was launched as a book, ‘The Drover’s Wife The Legend Of Molly Johnson’ and later as a film, which premiered at SXSW in 2021.

Check out the full list of Screen Industry Gala Award Winners from the ceremony below.

Screen Industry Gala Award Winners


Chauvel Award
Leah Purcell

Queensland Scriptwriting 4th Prize
Call of the Warrigal - Richard John Jameson

Queensland Scriptwriting 3rd Prize
My Ex-Husband is a Warlock - Drew Macdonald

Queensland Scriptwriting 2nd Prize
Outlaws Callum Taylor, Courteney Osborne

Queensland Scriptwriting 1st Prize
Roxbury Manor – Paul Clarke

Best International Web Series
WIC 300

Best Australian Web Series
Diana – Peter Koevari

Queensland Screen Business of The Year
The Edit Suite

Gold Coast Screen Professional of the Year
Tom McSweeney

Best Australian Independent Film
Friends & Strangers

Best Australian Film
The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson – Leah Purcell and Bain Stewart

Gold Coast Film Festival is on now until 1 May.

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