Rabbit-Proof Fence

Rabbit-Proof Fence is a 2002 Australian dramatic film directed by Phillip Noyce. This movie is loosely based on a true story about the author’s mother Molly, as well as Molly’s two sisters. This true tale shares the journey of these mixed-race Aboriginal girls, who ran away from the Moore River Native Settlement in 1931, north of Perth(Western Australia) so they could return home to their Aboriginal mothers. These strong spirited girls are the center of the film as they walk for nine weeks along 1,500 miles of the Australian rabbit-proof fence to return to their home in Jigalong. This entire journey the three sisters are being pursued by white law enforcement authorities and a skilled Aboriginal tracker(who is also Aboriginal himself).

This movie focuses on sharing this very real story of how easily native cultures were destroyed by the growing colonies in early Australia. The scenes of the three girls in the Moore River Native Settlement gives us a small glimpse of the forced reform mixed Aboriginals had to go through. Being told everything you know and grew up with is wrong and then being expected to completely change everything you are within a matter of months is cruel. It is no surprise this settlement needed an Aboriginal tracker because of how many would attempt to escape this dreary fate of never being good enough for society because of their skin and roots.

Though when doing some research it is found the cruelty portrayed in this film was a rarity and was taken out of context. It is said that the movie is not historically accurate because it portrays the white mens efforts as evil and dangerous when in reality they were concerned for their well being. Though Molly, the Aboriginal girl who escaped, said the only thing wrong with the story was that the ending was too up lifting and didn’t tell the rest of her story which doesn’t have a happy ending. Though this movie does have some slight inaccuracies, it is fair to allow it to bring international awareness because most of those angry with the film are old white men. This movie tells a moving story, accuracy or not, that bares a strong message of family and determination for what you believe in.



2 thoughts on “Rabbit-Proof Fence

  1. Very interesting post! I really enjoyed this movie but I had also read that there was some inaccuracies with it. It’s crazy however that this is based on a true story and for the most part is true. It was a really interesting look into an issue I hadn’t known much about. Well done!


  2. I loved the lighting and warm color of this film; It made the “space” feel large and desolate. The film was emotional and made me feel like I was running with the girls and that their fate would be my own. Each time it seemed like all hope was lost, the girls matched wits with their pursuers and escaped from a life being forced upon them.


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