Rabbit-Proof Fence Movie Review 2002

Information and Film Reviews for Rabbit-Proof Fence the Movie

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Fascinating, true story of three mixed-race Aboriginal girls in 1930s Australia, who escape their forced incarceration at an institution designed to train such children, snatched from their parents by the government, as domestic workers. Embarking on an incredible 1,500 mile journey to return home, Molly (Sampi), Daisy (Sansbury) and Gracie (Monaghan), follow the line of a fence--the longest unbroken piece of fence ever created--built by the government to keep out the rabbits that had overrun the farmlands. Hunted by the authorities, the girls struggle to survive in a heartbreaking and riveting adventure. Mailman is a sympathetic white woman who helps the girls along the way while Branagh plays Neville, a first-class bigot who oversaw the racist policies that the Australian government enforced until 1970. Neophyte leads are appealingly natural. Based on a book by Doris Pilkington, daughter of one of the girls.

Distribution

Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521-1120, Toll-free: 800-723-4763, URL: http://www.bvhe.com

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 95 minutes.
Originally from Australian, British.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Down Under, True Stories, Ethics & Morals, Childhood Visions, Period Piece: 1930s, Cousins
Screenplay
Christine Olsen
Cast
Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, Kenneth Branagh, David Gulpilil, Deborah Mailman, Jason Clarke, Garry McDonald, Ningali Lawford, Myarn Lawford
Cinematography
Christopher Doyle
Director
Phillip Noyce
Music
Peter Gabriel
Other
Craig Carter, John Scott, Veronika Jenet, Roger Ford, Roger Ford
Producer
John Winter, Phillip Noyce, Christine Olsen, Australian Film Finance Corp., HanWay, Rumbalara Films, Miramax Films

Awards

Natl. Bd. of Review 2002: Director (Noyce).

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