Rabbit Proof Fence

January 25, 2021

1 h 34 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama | 2002

Western Australia, 1931. Government policy includes taking half-white, half-Aboriginal children from their Aboriginal mothers and sending them a thousand miles away to what amounts to indentured servitude, “to save them from themselves.”

Molly, Daisy, and Grace (two sisters and a cousin who are fourteen, ten, and eight) arrive at their Gulag and promptly escape, under Molly’s lead. For several days they walk north, following a fence that keeps rabbits from settlements, eluding a native tracker and the regional constabulary. Their pursuers take orders from the government’s “Chief Protector of Aborigines”, A.O. Neville, blinded by Anglo-Christian certainty, evolutionary world view, and conventional wisdom. Can the girls survive?

Director:

Phillip Noyce

Writers:

Doris Pilkington, Christine Olsen

Producers:

Laura Burrows, David Elfick, Kathleen McLaughlin

Prod. companies:

Rumbalara Films, The Australian Film Commission, Australian Film Finance Corporation

Stars:

Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan

Languages:

English

Subtitles:

Spanish, English
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