Rabbit-Proof Fence

Rabbit-Proof Fence

Phillip Noyce (2002)

89min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Though rather worthy and self-important, director Phillip Noyce's superbly photographed fact-based drama is not without impact as it throws light on a shameful period in Australia's past. In 1931, 14-year-old Molly (Everlyn Sampi) is interned by the Australian government as part of their policy to forcibly integrate mixed-race Aborigines into white society (a policy that continued up until the 1970s). Molly escapes with her younger sister, Daisy, and cousin, and walks the 1,200 miles back to their loving family using the fence that bisects the continent (it was erected to keep rabbits from the crops) as a guide. The children are wonderfully natural, Kenneth Branagh is excellent as misguided politician AO Neville - who apparently truly believed "racial cleansing" was for the greater good - and David Gulpilil is superb as the resentful Aborigine tracker employed to hunt down the youngsters. It's just a shame that Noyce's predictable direction often fails to emotionally engage us with this shocking "stolen generations" story - based on the book by Molly's daughter - that is given extra poignancy by the appearance of the real-life Molly and her sister in the heartfelt epilogue.

Summary

Three Aboriginal children are forcibly separated from their mothers by the Australian government in the 1930s. They escape from their detention centre, embarking on a dangerous and arduous journey to be reunited with their families. Fact-based drama, starring Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, David Gulpilil and Kenneth Branagh.

Cast & Crew

Molly Craig Everlyn Sampi
Daisy Kadibill Tianna Sansbury
Gracie Fields Laura Monaghan
Moodoo David Gulpilil
AO Neville Kenneth Branagh
Maud Ningali Lawford
Molly's Grandmother Myarn Lawford
Nina Natasha Wanganeen
Mr Neal Garry McDonald
Police inspector Roy Billing
Director Phillip Noyce
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama