The film “Rabbit-Proof Fence” is a very enlightening and touching story about three Aborigine girls: Daisy, Molly and Gracie. The film takes place in Australia during the 1930’s. During this time in Australia, it was becoming more and more common for children to be born half Australian and half Aboriginal. These children were viewed by the government as needing help and rehabilitation for being half Aboriginal. The story follows three Aboriginal girls who are taken from their homes and family to the Moore River Native Settlement. The Moore River Native Settlement was set up by the Australian government The girls are forced to choose between becoming forcefully integrated into the “White Culture”.
One thing that really stood out to me about this movie was the using of lighting throughout the movie. In the beginning of the film when the girls are with their families on their native land everything beautifully lit and colored. This helps set a reference of what is “normal” in the world of these girls. As the film continues the tone/lighting begins to become more and more dark. When the girls are taken to The Moore River Native Settlement the lighting becomes a lot more dark and the colors become more washed out and gloomy. For example, one scene I found particularly moving was when the young Aboriginal girl tries to escape the Moore River Native Settlement and is capture by Moodoo. When they bring her back to the Settlement and throw her in a small metal box as punishment. Through the holes in the metal box you see both perspectives of what is like looking and out. Looking in to the box is a lot darker and portrays a sense of claustrophobic and hopeless. While looking out of the box shows bright light, portraying hope and freedom. I felt all these emotions without any characters saying anything. As the film goes on the girls: Daisy, Molly and Gracie decide to escape from the Moore River Native Settlement. From this point on the footage is from far away to show a sense of distances. Then the lighting goes into a darker time to help show the dangers and struggles the girls are going through. The way the lighting is portrayed throughout the film shows the ups and downs in the film. In the last scene Molly and Daisy are shown when they’re grown up. The scene shows them standing next to each other in a the forrest with strong natural lighting. The scene would have not been as effective without the strong natural lighting. The lighting shows a sense of fulfillment and helps to wrap up the film without having to use words like: The End.