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Rabbit-Proof Fence
- Everlyn Sampi

Overview - Set in Australia in 1931, RABBIT-PROOF FENCE tells the story of a government policy that required "half-caste" children (whose mothers were Aboriginal and whose fathers were white) to be taken from their homes by the authorities to be trained to work as servants.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Set in Australia in 1931, RABBIT-PROOF FENCE tells the story of a government policy that required "half-caste" children (whose mothers were Aboriginal and whose fathers were white) to be taken from their homes by the authorities to be trained to work as servants. Based on the true story of Molly Craig, Philip Noyce's film of small gestures and few words follows the odyssey of three young girls who escaped from the government's training facility and, using the country's long stretches of rabbit-proof fences as their guide, walked 1500 miles to get back home. Told squarely from Molly's point of view, RABBIT-PROOF FENCE also highlights the Australian government's treatment of Aboriginies by A.O. Neville (Kenneth Branagh), the legal guardian of the country's indigenous people. His plan to "breed out" the Aboriginal blood of the half-castes is marked by a cool calculation and moral blindness that stands out in sharp contrast to Molly's spiritual and intuitive relationship to the people and places she encounters on her journey.

Cast List

Doris Pilkington Garimara - Author, RABBIT-PROOF FENCE (2002)
Phillip Noyce - Australian Director
Christine Olsen - Screenwriter, RABBIT-PROOF FENCE (2002)
Jeremy Thomas - Producer/Executive
Ningali Lawford - Actress, RABBIT-PROOF FENCE (2002)
David Elfick - Executive Prodcer, RABBIT-PROOF FENCE (2002)
John Winter - Producer, RABBIT-PROOF FENCE (2002)
Deborah Mailman - Actress, MONKEY'S MASK (2001)
Jason Clarke - Actor, RABBIT-PROOF FENCE (2002)
Kathleen McLaughlin - Executive Producer, RABBIT-PROOF FENCE (2002)
Peter Gabriel - British Singer/Songwriter
Kenneth Branagh - British Director-Actor
David Gulpilil - Australian Actor/Aborigine
Gulpilil - Australian Actor/Aborigine

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 031398213734
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: January 2015

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
True Story
History
Escape
Theatrical Release
Australia
1930s

 
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Notes:
Theatrical release: November 29, 2002 (NY/LA)

Reviews:
"...Noyce has tailored an epic tale into a lean, economical movie....He directs with sensitivity and an impressive level of objectivity..." - 11/01/2002 Box Office, p.136


"...Noyce and his screen writer Christine Olsen tell the shameful story straightÂ…letting the pathos emerge naturally from the unfolding events..." - 11/01/2002 Sight and Sound, p.54-5


"...[A] sturdy, touching movie....The movie becomes a paean to the beauty of the Australian countryside and the decency of most of the common people who aid the fugitives..." - 11/29/2002 New York Times, p.E8


"...This is the best kind of movie, the kind that comes back to haunt you months after watching it. Resonating and, above all, reminding. Go see..." - 12/01/2002 Total Film, p.107


"...Spare and unyielding....Noyce honors the story best by standing back. Noyce lets the landscape and the untrained actresses own the screen..." - 12/06/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.71


"...The young actresses who play the fugitives, all newcomers, shoulder the story confidently..." - 11/29/2002 Los Angeles Times, p.C1

 
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