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The Rabbit Proof Fence
Transcript of The Rabbit Proof Fence
The Rabbit Proof Fence
STYLISTIC & ARTISTIC CONSIDERATIONS
THE STOLEN GENERATION
IMPACT ON AUSTRALIA:
SOCIAL, CULTURAL & EDUCATIONAL
Based on the book “Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence” (1996)
Removal of half-caste Aboriginal children
Molly Craig, Daisy Burungu, and Gracie Fields
Forcibly taken away from their mother
Moore River Native Settlement
Escape the mission and follow the rabbit proof fence
Love between a mother and her child
Aboriginal children who are powerless
Phillip Noyce (director) admitted that he "wanted to make a film in which every Australian viewer would
become so emotionally involved that they would want to adopt the three girls as their own children”
$US3,756,418 in Australia
$US6,199,600 in United States
Won best film at the 2002 AFI Awards
Audience award at international film festivals
Enormous response from audience
Extends its influence to overseas
3 Fences Built (1901-1907)
Total Length: 3,253 km
Great Wall of China: 21,196 km
Total Cost: £337, 841
THE RABBIT PROOF FENCE
“State Vermin Fence”
Department of Primary Industry – State Government of Victoria
Built to protect Crops
Construction and Maintenance proved to be a full time job
Testament to the rough Australian terrain
Aboriginal Protection Act 1869
Half Caste v. Aboriginal
“Bringing Them Home Report”
The Casting for Molly, Daisy and Gracie
Untrained Indigenous children from the outback area
Soundtrack were made from the sound of the outback, the birds, the insects and the animals
Aboriginal Spirituality & Symbolism
Molly’s instinct and connection with the land
The spiritual meaning of the eagle
Point of view shot
Despair and desperation of the grandmother scene followed by the seemingly ‘educational and rational’ presentation of Neville’s policy
Comparisons & Contrasts #1
Scrubbing Molly in a way as if trying to scrub away their Aboriginality and when they returned home they are being embraced of their Aboriginality as their identity.
Comparisons & Contrasts #2
It was the fence’s construction that bought the children’s white fathers so the previous isolated Aboriginal communities in the first place.
Screenwriter Christine Olsen says “the fence has always been such an amazing symbol for the Europeans’ attempt to tame the land: to draw a line to keep the undesirables away".
Symbolism of the Fence
Mr Devil A.O. Neville