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Rabbit-Proof Fence (2004)

1500 Miles Is A Long Way Home

Directed by:

Phillip Noyce

Rating: 7/10

Running Time: 94 minutes

US Certificate: PG UK Certificate: PG

On DVD

Country: Australia

‘Rabbit-Proof Fence’ is a lot like ‘The Incredible Journey’, only with three little girls where the lovable domestic pets should be. It’s the true story of Molly, Daisy and Gracie, three young Aborigines who escape from a detention centre to embark on a 1500-mile journey home. Their only hope of finding the way back? A ruddy great rabbit-proof fence, stretching the full distance from one side of Australia to the other. Okay, so it’s no Great Wall of China – I mean, it’s just a fence. But it IS an impressive fence, and it’s also a total bugger if you happen to be a rabbit.

The film is set in the 1930s, the beginning of an abhorrent piece of legislation ruling that all “half-caste” Aborigine children be taken from their homes and detained in custom-made camps so as not to “contaminate” Australian society. Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury and Laura Monaghan play Molly, her younger sister Daisy and cousin Gracie, the three intrepid ankle-biters who stick it to the man (in this case represented by Kenneth Branagh as the merciless Government “Protector” of Aborigines) by breaking free and travelling all the way across Oz on foot.

The breath-taking scenery spotted along the way by director Philip Noyce makes it a work of outstanding visual beauty, and at times Christine Olsen’s screenplay (based on the book by Molly’s real-life daughter Doris Pilkington) genuinely tugs on the heart-strings. There’s not a lot of dialogue involved, but the words that are there work well and could have some of the softies among you reaching for the hankies.

If I have one major criticism of the film, it’s that it’s perhaps a little short, and certainly under-developed. The hardships they encounter while attempting to make it through the harsher areas of desert are only briefly touched upon, and more could have been made of the Aboriginal “Tracker” character who reluctantly (we assume) pursues our three heroines across the Outback.

That aside, this is an eye-opener of a film, covering ground rarely dealt with on the screen. It could easily get away with being longer, more detailed in its treatment of the historical/political side of things, and more graphic in its depiction of the detention centre. Perhaps it’s just one of those cases where less was decided to be more.

It's Got: Mile after mile of barren wasteland.

It Needs: Some good-quality walking boots.

DVD Extras A documentary titled ‘Following the Rabbit-Proof Fence’, and an audio commentary from cast and crew. DVD Extras Rating: 3/10

Alternatives:

The Magdalene Sisters

Summary

A touching tale of an appalling chapter in Australian history, told with great sensitivity if not great depth.

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66 Comments

  1. aannee
    Posted October 5, 2009 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    awesome movie ever watched. it makes me cry..n touched my soul..

  2. Peepeevagina
    Posted March 16, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    i got an erection

  3. admin
    Posted March 16, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Oh dear, someone in Alberta is bored in their lessons today.

  4. Posted May 19, 2010 at 3:19 am | Permalink

    This movie made me cry

  5. Posted May 19, 2010 at 3:20 am | Permalink

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  6. Posted May 19, 2010 at 3:23 am | Permalink

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  7. Posted May 19, 2010 at 3:25 am | Permalink

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  8. admin
    Posted May 19, 2010 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    So good to see all you Aussie kids are working so hard in class today. Media studies, by any chance?

  9. reuben
    Posted May 25, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    its a good movie but a bit borring for me but im only 13

  10. reuben
    Posted May 25, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    it shoud have more killing and actoin but its ok in away we had to watch it at school for english then duwn a test onit.reuben rocks go to huter vally skate

  11. Jaden Wakefield
    Posted July 17, 2010 at 3:18 am | Permalink

    Reuben are you the biggest dick head in the universe? The story isnt about killing, it’s about the hardship that 3 young girls faced!
    Go play some more video games you loser.

  12. Posted August 2, 2010 at 10:22 am | Permalink

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  13. Posted August 2, 2010 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    molly’s so gay but i would totally do her!!!!

  14. Posted August 2, 2010 at 10:25 am | Permalink

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  19. Posted October 7, 2010 at 2:30 am | Permalink

    New Zealand:
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    watched this at skool, in english.
    then had to do an essay on it,

  20. Michael "din duck" Peterson
    Posted October 8, 2010 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    I like men with long and pointy pencils.

  21. Retard
    Posted October 10, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    i also had to watch this in english, i’ve got to write a review about it now

  22. Posted November 1, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    im at skool an now i have to write a reveiw about its is so shitt… lolz 🙂

  23. Mina
    Posted November 13, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    i hate this movie -.-

  24. Posted December 5, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    the girls in this movie is just totaly retarded.

  25. szkez
    Posted November 5, 2011 at 1:00 am | Permalink

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    Posted August 31, 2012 at 2:50 am | Permalink

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    Posted November 5, 2011 at 1:00 am | Permalink

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  28. nexttoyou
    Posted August 31, 2012 at 2:36 am | Permalink

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  31. nexttoyou
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    Posted August 31, 2012 at 2:46 am | Permalink

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  47. nextoyou
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  50. nextoyou
    Posted August 31, 2012 at 2:51 am | Permalink

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