Rabbit-Proof Fence grossly inaccurate, says Keith Windschuttle
The Rabbit-Proof Fence is a movie based on a true story. This movie is based on a novel book written by Doris Pilkington Garimara (the daughter of Molly in the story), called ‘Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence’. The movie, Rabbit-Proof Fence, is directed by Phillip Noyce and was released in 2002. The story of Molly, Gracie, and Daisy is portrayed in this movie. They were part of the Stolen Generation in Australia which the movie shows. The length of the Rabbit-Proof Fence is one hour and thirty-four minutes long and has an adventure film, biographical film, drama and historical fiction genres. The purpose of this film is to show the extent of the Stolen Generation and the journey the half-caste girls, Molly, Gracie, and Daisy took from Moore River Native Settlement to Jigalong where they were from.
The Rabbit-Proof Fence is set in the outback village of Jigalong, WA, 1931. The girls Molly Gracie and Daisy are taken away from their families and tribe and forced to live in an official government camp called Moore River Native Settlement. A true story of Molly Craig, a young indigenous Australian girl who leads her younger sister and cousin away from the Moore River Native Settlement which was put in play because colonial Australia wanted to assimilate and breed out the native Australians and to integrate aboriginals into white society. With determination, Molly leads the other two girls on a long trek back to their homeland always being careful not to be caught by the authorities. They traveled 2414 kilometers north to Jigalong along the rabbit-proof fence. The three children, Molly, Gracie, and Daisy, were part of the ‘stolen generation’.
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Many different camera angles, sounds, symbolism and other effects were used in the movie Rabbit-Proof Fence to make the movie more realistic and engaging. Establishing shots are taken of Jigalong giving background knowledge. Also, close-up shots are taken of major characters in the story explaining who is talking. A long shot was taken during the chase to capture the three half-castes. This long shot was used to make the scene more dramatic. Close-ups were taken at any points in the movie to create suspense or change our attention. Symbolism is used with the rabbit-proof fence signifying the separation and exclusion made by the white Australians to the aboriginals. The washing of the three girls and the giving of new clothes plus the new rules, speech, food, and people symbolize a forced change of identity for the three girls, taking away their heritage. The spirit bird represents hope, freedom and to Molly and Daisy their home. Sound and lighting indicated the mood and feelings of the scene and characters. Lighting shows the changing theme of their trek.