Plot[ edit ] Set intwo sisters, year-old Molly and 8-year-old Daisy, and their year-old cousin Gracie live in the Western Australian town of Jigalong. Devil by themsigns an order to relocate the three girls to his re-education camp. The children are referred to by Neville as " half-castes ", because they have one white and one Aboriginal parent.
This is a long entry over 6, words and offers ideas about the film covering Key Concepts in Film and Media Studies. All of the links have been checked to ensure that this is a useful resource for working on an important Australian film.
The notes assume that you have seen the film, so there are spoilers throughout. In the s in Western Australia the state government has a policy of removing Rabbit proof fence history and memory race girls from aboriginal communities and educating them separately, hoping to control the extent of racial mixing in future generations.
Three young girls are taken from their mothers and placed in a camp a thousand miles away. They escape and attempt to make the journey home — on foot.
Introduction Rabbit-Proof Fence is a useful film text to study for the following reasons. As a narrative, the film appears to be very simple in terms of structure. Three girls are taken to a settlement over 1, miles away. They escape and attempt to walk home across very difficult terrain. There are relatively few of the dramatic incidents that might be expected in a mainstream narrative — how does the film retain audience attention?
In terms of representation as a key concept, the film details the attempts to eradicate a sense of cultural identity in Australian aboriginal communities — and offers a representation of Anglo-Australian identity in the s. A distinct aesthetic is used in terms of image and sound in order to convey the importance of environment in the narrative.
The screenplay was developed by a documentary filmmaker, Christine Olsen, who based the work on a book published in by Doris Pilkington, the daughter of the real Molly Craig. The process of casting the young actors and preparing them for the shoot is presented on the DVD copy of the film.
Ironically, in working closely with young Aboriginal actors outside their home environment, director Philip Noyce was perhaps echoing some of the actions of the authorities in the film.
The narrative structure The film has a clear structure with events organised in chronological order, but sometimes moving between locations. Stolen — the girls are captured in Jigalong. Slide show — Neville gives a lecture in Perth.
The Escape — Molly leads the other girls. Tracker — Moodoo is sent after the girls. Farmhouse — the girls get food. Ambush — Neville plans to catch the girls by the fence.
Mavis — a maid in a farmhouse helps the girls. Lost tracks — again the girls evade the tracker. Lost — the two girls go through the desert Coming Home — Constable Riggs is frightened away by Mother and Grandmother and the girls rejoin their family.
Epilogue Each of these chapters is about minutes long — about the right length to study in detail. All the chapters give us information about the characters and the story, but some are important for specific reasons. The Prologue and the Epilogue are at either end of the story and they tell us what has happened before the main story begins and then what happens after the main story ends.
The use of this literary or theatrical device perhaps indicates the historical importance of the story — it creates for the audience a sense that it is important to locate the story in Australian social history and to consider its implications in a contemporary Australian context.
But how do we judge when the story begins? Many film stories start with a dramatic event that causes an immediate conflict — a threat, a loss perhaps. Does our story really begin with the capture of the girls or does it start when Neville first hears about the girls? The beginning of a film helps to set up our expectations of what will happen later on.Pilkington credits Daisy’s “love for storytelling, vivid memory, and zest for life” with having helped her to complete Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence.
Daisy managed to evade recapture—the only . One such film is Rabbit-Proof Fence, directed by Phillip Noyce and based on the nonfiction book Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington Garimara. Indigenous history and memory in. The State Barrier Fence of Western Australia, formerly known as the Rabbit Proof Fence, The Rabbit Proof Fence, Library of West Australian History; At Australia’s Bunny Fence, Variable Cloudiness Prompts Climate Study, The New York Times.
Rabbit-Proof Fence: of a more generalised and standard account is usually the first step necessary in order to have it secured as part of history, and once this has happened, Indigenous history and memory in Australia and New Zealand, Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, pp.
Davidson. Rabbit Proof Fence is a great film based on the real tale and experiences of three young Aboriginal girls, Molly, Gracie and Daisy, who were taken against their will from their families in Jigalong, Western Australia in The Rabbit-Proof Fence is Australia’s equivalent of the Great Wall of China.
Traversing the vast dusty plains of Western Australia from the southern ocean at Starvation Boat Harbour to Eighty Mile Beach north of Port Hedland, it cuts the continent in two.