Archive of films Rabbit-Proof Fence / Rabbit-Proof Fence

2002, 94 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2003

This highly acclaimed film inspired by actual events centres on a journey made by a trio of Aborigine girls who resisted Anglicisation in 1931. They set out on a 1500-mile journey back home to their mothers, guided only by a rabbit fence cutting across the continent from a camp where they were ostensibly supposed to learn new manners. 


It took 100 years for white settlers to subjugate the Aborigines. In 1931 a law was passed allowing the removal of children born to mothers in mixed marriages; they were ostensibly then to be raised as white. Keeping the law active became the lifelong goal of fanatical Aborigine “protector” A. O. Neville. Fourteen-year-old Molly Craig, her sister Gracie and their cousin Daisy are supposed to acquire new manners in a re-education camp. But the girls escape and set out on a journey back home. Their determination to travel the 1,500-mile stretch changes into a test of humanity for everyone the girls meet on the way. Their only aids are a rabbit fence running across the continent and their hearts’ longing for love. The drama, inspired by actual events, took the Audience Award at festivals in Valladolid, Aspen and Edinburgh; the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Film, Music and Sound; and the Film Critics’ Circle of Australia Award for Director and Screenplay. For Rabbit-Proof Fence and his latest drama The Quiet American (2002) Noyce was also awarded by San Francisco and London film critics and the National Board of Review.

About the director

Phillip Noyce (b. 1950, Griffith, Australia) gained domestic popularity and the Australian Film Institute Award for his fourth film Newsfront (1978), to which he also contributed the script. He gained experience in television during the mid-1980s. He made his name on the international scene with the thriller Dead Calm (1989) starring Nicole Kidman. After moving to the USA he became primarily known as a thriller specialist and added the following films to his filmography: Sliver (1993), Patriot Games (1992), Clear and Present Danger (1995), The Saint (1997), The Repair Shop (1998) and The Bone Collector (1999). The adaptation of the Graham Greene novel The Quiet American followed Rabbit-Proof Fence.


Bontonfilm, a.s.
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Czech Republic
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HanWay Films
24 Hanway Str., W1T 1UH, London
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 207 290 0750

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Horizons
Director: Phillip Noyce
Screenplay: Christine Olsen podle románu / based on the novel by Doris Pilkington
Dir. of Photography: Christopher Doyle
Music: Peter Gabriel
Editor: Veronika Jenet, John Scott
Producer: Phillip Noyce, Christine Olsen, John Winter
Production: Rumbalara Films
Cast: Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, David Gulpilil, Kenneth Branagh
Contact: Bontonfilm, a.s., HanWay Films


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