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Rabbit Proof Fence

Rabbit Proof Fence
  • 2002
  • Australia
  • 94 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Phillip Noyce
  • Cast: Everlyn Sampi, Kenneth Branagh, David Gulpilil
  • Language: Aboriginal, English

It's the humanity of Noyce's storytelling which is the most salient feature of this film about Australia's Stolen Generation. The didacticism of this true story of the abduction of three aboriginal children from their tribe, and their resettlement at a prison-like camp for the training of mixed race children into white culture is hidden beneath its story of human struggle and endurance. Noyce forgives all. Even Branagh's Mr Neville, who we first encounter explaining the bizarre semi-fascist eugenics that motivate him, is seen as not so much evil as profoundly wrong-headed. The children are the natural stars, with performances perfectly measured to their ages and situations.

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