RABBIT PROOF FENCE

Directed by: Phillip Noyce 2002 | 94 min.

Section: The Pacific 'Other': A Retrospective


Synopsis

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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

By the mid-19th century, white settlers had gained political control of Australia. Many aborigines were removed from their lands and their children taken from them, under the belief that they would be better off in a more "civilized" environment and to be raised as "white" children and trained to work as domestic servants or laborers. Molly (Everlyn Sampi), her younger sister Daisy (Tianna Sansbury) and cousin Gracie (Laura Monaghan) were three half-caste children from Western Australia who were taken from their parents under government edict and sent to an institution, where they were subject to physical and emotional abuse as they were taught to forget their families, their culture, and their lives up to that point and re-invent themselves as members of "white" Australian society.

Molly decides they need to return to their parents and plans a daring escape, and the three girls begin an epic journey back to Western Australia, travelling 1,500 miles on foot with no food or water, and navigating by following the fence that has been build across the nation to stem an over-population of rabbits. 

Screenings

Saturday, October 19 7:30 PM Doris Duke Theatre Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Phillip Noyce
Screenwriter Christine Olsen
Producer Phillip Noyce, Christine Olsen , John Winter
Executive Producer David Elfick, Jeremy Thomas, Kathleen McLaughlin
Cast Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, David Gulpilil, Kenneth Branagh, Deborah Mailman
Cinematographer Christopher Doyle
Production Designer Roger Ford
Editor Veronika Jenet, John Scott
Associate Producer Laura Burrows
Costume Designer Roger Ford
Music Composer Peter Gabriel
Casting Director Christine King
Art Designer Laurie Faen

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