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Story

Based on a true story, Rabbit-Proof Fence moves with dignified grace from its joyful opening scenes to a conclusion that's moving beyond words. The title refers to a 1,500-mile fence separating outback desert from the farmlands of Western Australia. It is here, in 1931, that three aboriginal girls are separated from their mothers and transported to a distant training school, where they are prepared for assimilation into white society by a racist government policy. Gracie, Daisy, and Molly belong to Australia's "stolen generations," and this riveting film (based on the book by Molly's daughter, Doris Pilkington Garimara) follows their escape and tenacious journey homeward, while a stubborn policy enforcer (Kenneth Branagh) demands their recapture. Director Phillip Noyce chronicles their ordeal with gentle compassion, guiding his untrained, aboriginal child actors with a keen eye for meaningful expressions. Their performances evoke powerful emotions (subtly enhanced by Peter Gabriel's excellent score), illuminating a shameful chapter of Australian history while conveying our universal need for a true and proper home. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Everlyn SampiMolly Craig
Tianna SansburyDaisy Craig Kadibill
Laura MonaghanGracie Fields
David GulpililMoodoo
Ningali LawfordMaud - Molly's Mother
Myarn LawfordMolly's Grandmother
Deborah MailmanMavis
Jason ClarkeConstable Riggs
Kenneth BranaghA.O. Neville
Natasha WanganeenNina, Dormitory Boss
Garry McDonaldMr. Neal at Moore River
Roy BillingPolice Inspector
Lorna LesleyMiss Thomas (as Lorna Leslie)
Celine O'LearyMiss Jessop
Kate RobertsMatron at Moore River
Tracy MonaghanMoodoo's Daughter
Tamara FlanaganOlive, Escaped Girl
David NgoombujarraKangaroo Hunter
Anthony HayesThe Fence Builder
Andrew S. GilbertJigalong Depot Manager
Sheryl CarterGracie's Mother
Heath BergersenJacky
Trevor JamiesonMoore River Policeman
Edwina BishopFirst Farm Mother
Kerilee MeurisFarm Daughter
Andrew MartinCar Driving Policeman
Ken RadleyFence Worker
Don BarkerMr. Paul Evans
Carmel JohnsonMrs. Evans
David BuchananRailway Policeman
Richard CarterFarmhouse Policeman
Fiona GregoryJigalong Mother
Reggie WanganeenTommy Grant
Glenys SampiWoman in Queue
Kizzy FlanaganFirst Dormitory Girl
Antonia SampiSecond Dormitory Girl
Maurice KellyAboriginal Hunter
Janganpa GroupJigalong Extras / Singing Woman at Jigalong
Elsie ThomasSinging Woman at Jigalong
Rosie GoodjiSinging Woman at Jigalong
Jewess JamesSinging Woman at Jigalong
Daisy Craig KadibillHerself
Molly CraigHerself

  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Director: Phillip Noyce
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 94 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 29, 2002
    EuropeNov 8, 2002
    JapanFeb 1, 2003
    AustraliaFeb 21, 2002
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaApr 15, 2003
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