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Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a journey across the Outback.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 23 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Laura Monaghan ...
Gracie Fields
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Ningali Lawford ...
Maud - Molly's Mother
Myarn Lawford ...
Molly's Grandmother
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Mavis
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Constable Riggs
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Natasha Wanganeen ...
Nina, Dormitory Boss
Garry McDonald ...
Mr. Neal at Moore River
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Police Inspector
Lorna Lesley ...
Miss Thomas (as Lorna Leslie)
Celine O'Leary ...
Miss Jessop
Kate Roberts ...
Matron at Moore River
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Western Australia, 1931. Government policy includes taking half-caste children from their Aboriginal mothers and sending them a thousand miles away to what amounts to indentured servitude, "to save them from themselves." Molly, Daisy, and Grace (two sisters and a cousin who are 14, 10, and 8) arrive at their Gulag and promptly escape, under Molly's lead. For days they walk north, following a fence that keeps rabbits from settlements, eluding a native tracker and the regional constabulary. Their pursuers take orders from the government's "chief protector of Aborigines," A.O. Neville, blinded by Anglo-Christian certainty, evolutionary world view and conventional wisdom. Can the girls survive? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG for emotional thematic material | See all certifications »

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8 November 2002 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Les enfants de la liberté  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£221,758 (UK) (8 November 2002)

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$6,165,429 (USA) (25 April 2003)
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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The girl's shoes and clothes were far too clean and intact for a thousand mile walk. The girl's hair wasn't dirty enough and didn't grow during the journey back to their home. The girls looked like they went on a 10 mile hike with very few food sources, lack of water, lack of hygiene, and lack of injuries to accurately depict authenticity. See more »

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Moodoo: This girl is clever. She wants to go home.
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Crazy Credits

The painting songs sung by the Walpiri, Amatjere and Wangajunka women were not sacred songs, but were songs able to be performed in public. See more »

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Featured in Following the Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) See more »

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The Tracker
Didgeridoo by Ganga Giri
Keyboards by Peter Gabriel
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True and important film!
25 February 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very powerful film from the wonderful Phillip Noyce (The Quiet American) and its based on the shameful history in Australia where aborigine children were taken by force from their families and tribes to camps and taught to be servants. In the film 3 sisters escape and venture to walk 1,500 miles back to their tribe. The title refers to a fenceline that stretches for thousands of miles and the girls follow it. The wonderful aborigine actor David Gulpilil (Walkabout) plays a scout that is tracking the girls and Kenneth Branaugh plays an officer that is in charge of the whole operation. I guess the main flaw in the film would be the middle where most of the walking takes place and the film really slows down but its not a major complaint. The 1,500 mile trek is expertly paced and the film is by no means dull. Rather, its fascinating! The real footage that we see at the end of the film is so powerful that the whole essence of what you have just watched becomes even more devastating. This is more than just an important film, its a documentation of an ugly and shameful part of Australian history. A must see!


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