Rabbit-Proof Fence is a 2002 Australian drama film directed by Phillip Noyce, based on the true story of three Aboriginal girls who escape from a government-run residential school and embark on a dangerous journey home. The film follows Molly, Daisy, and Gracie as they traverse the harsh Australian outback, pursued by government authorities who are determined to capture them and return them to the school. Their journey becomes a symbol of the resilience and strength of the Aboriginal people, who have endured centuries of colonization and oppression.
Rabbit-Proof Fence is a powerful and moving film that explores the devastating impact of colonialism on Indigenous peoples. The film's direction is understated and effective, with Phillip Noyce allowing the natural beauty of the Australian landscape to speak for itself. The performances are excellent, with the young actresses who play Molly, Daisy, and Gracie delivering authentic and heartfelt portrayals. The film is both a celebration of Indigenous culture and a condemnation of the systemic injustices that have been inflicted upon it.
Rabbit-Proof Fence was a critical and commercial success, receiving numerous accolades, including:
- Best Film at the Australian Film Institute Awards
- Best Director at the Australian Directors Guild Awards for Phillip Noyce
- Best Film and Best Actress for Everlyn Sampi at the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards
- Best Foreign Film at the Blue Ribbon Awards in Japan
- UNESCO Award at the Venice Film Festival
The film's success helped to bring attention to the ongoing struggles of Indigenous peoples in Australia and around the world. Rabbit-Proof Fence remains a powerful and important film that continues to inspire and educate audiences.
|Directed by||Phillip Noyce|
|Produced by||Phillip Noyce
|Screenplay by||Christine Olsen|
|Based on||Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence
by Doris Pilkington Garimara
|Music by||Peter Gabriel|
|Edited by||Veronika Jenet
|Distributed by||Becker Entertainment|
|Release date||4 February 2002|
|Running time||93 minutes|
|Box office||USD$16.2 million|