Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)


Movie Review

Directed by: Phillip Noyce

Starring: Everlyn Sampi, Kenneth Branagh, and David Gulpilil

Molly Craig (Everlyn Sampi) and Daisy Kadibil (Tianna Sansbury) are sisters.  Along with their cousin Gracie Fields (Laura Monaghan), they live with their mother and grandmother in the small Western Australian town Jigalong.  The girls are all mixed.  They each have one white parent and one aboriginal parent.  After being removed from Jigalong by A.O. Neville (Kenneth Branagh) to train to be domestic servants to white Australians, they escape and travel north along the famed rabbit-proof fence to find their way home.

Phillip Noyce’s Rabbit-Proof Fence is an eye-opening film that makes you realize the land down under has just as many social problems as any other part of the world.  Noyce rips the band-aid off and shocks us in this story about two girls’ incredible journey home.  They face every trial and tribulation that this hateful world can offer.  Rabbit-Proof Fence gets a sober rating, but be warned.  You may need a drink after watching it.  This is a heavy one.



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