Rabbit Proof Fence- Review

About: Rabbit Proof Fence was a movie based in Australia in 1931. It focuses on the struggles three young girls face as they are taken from their native families and put in camps to learn about the more civilized ways of the Australian government. The story puts the audience in Molly’s (the eldest of the three girls) shoes, which created an emotional impact, as we are taken on the long journey that she, her sister, Daisy, and her cousin, Gracie choose to pursue as they escape the camp in the hope of returning to their families by walking for nine weeks along 1,500 miles of a rabbit-proof fence.

Cinematography: There are a variety of intense scenes, such as when the white man fought with the women to take the girls away, that with the help of some close up camera shots was able to give the audience a sense of panic and keep them on the edge of their seat until the scene is over. In contrast, several bird eye view shots along with long shots gave the audience a sense of just how far of a distance the girls had to travel to make it back to their home. There was a good variety of both smooth camera pans and rough shots to keep the audience’s attention throughout the entire film. With this strategy, there are no boring scenes and every part serves a purpose. From the dramatic moment when the girls are first taken from their families, to even the slightest senses of humor, joy, hope and admiration that the other natives felt for them, I simply could not tear my eyes away from the screen.

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