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Rabbit Proof Fence
Transcript of Rabbit Proof Fence
Textual Analysis & Oral Presentation
The 'warm, fuzzy' belonging
Cultural connections to land and family play a large role in the individuals sense of belonging
What ideas does the text give about belonging?
How does the composer communicate these
ideas about belonging?
Feelings of comfort, love, security portrayed through close-up shots
Children are represented as happy, free and safe, shown by embraces with family, smiles and laughter
Separation from where we belong
When we are separated from the places where we belong, we become faced with profound feelings of fear, uncertainty and disorientation
The text and word choice 'torn apart' emphasises the fact that the children were stolen, the cries and distraught expressions further aids this
"You'll get used to it
"You'll feel quite at home"
Based on the novel 'Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence' by Doris Pilkington
Set in 1930's Western Australia
Main characters: Molly, Gracie & Daisy
PLOT- Based on the 'Stolen Generation' three girls are removed from their families and taken to a settlement school by the Chief Protector of Indigenous Aboriginals 1500 miles from their home to be taught a new 'white' way of life, they escape and set off across the outback following what they know will lead them home, the Rabbit Proof Fence.
Rabbit Proof Fence Trailer (2002) Phillip Noyce
A.O Neville (Chief Protector)
"We're going home, to mother "
Negative aspects of separation
Ironic lines from the Chief Protector and the older girl at the school contrast with Molly's decision to go home
Close - up shots of the children reveal their fear and insecurity through their frightened and uncertain body language; they don't belong in this new environment
Molly's decision represents their unwillingness to conform as well as their incapability to belong in this foreign environment
Negative characteristics of not belonging through the 'Stolen Generation' and Australia's harsh history
In indigenous cultures connections to land and family are extremely valued
Seen as part of their land
Vast, open landscape signifies the freedom of the land
The text " a mother's love" supports the connection of belonging, comfort, security and love; these are all things we experience in the places where we belong
The symbolism of the fence throughout the trailer is used to show the connection of indigenous aboriginals to the land and to their family but also as a metaphor for separation of the 'White' Australians and the Indigenous Aboriginals
The lighting of the inside of the car contrasts to the sunlit outside world; lack of freedom
Discriminatory use of the term 'half-castes'
Negative word choice "problem" proposes that they do not belong within 'white' society
"We must teach them right from wrong" suggesting that the government view the Indigenous Aboriginal's way of life as below theirs
"We must teach them right from wrong"
"The problem of 'half-castes is not simply going to go away.."
Individuals will go to great lengths to fulfill our critical desire to belong
"Very clever that girl, she wants to go home"
"Get your things we're going home, to mother"
"How we gonna get there?"
Aerial shot of the vast landscape with the children in the distance emphasizes the enormity of their journey.
Tracker's acknowledgment of Molly's determination
The struggle of the children's journey signifies that belonging is not easy, portrayed through their weakness