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Rabbit-Proof Fence -- In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback.
Rabbit-Proof Fence -- In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback.


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31 January 2003 (USA) See more »
If you were kidnapped by the government, would you walk the 1500 miles back home? See more »
In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Everlyn Sampi ... Molly Craig

Tianna Sansbury ... Daisy Craig Kadibill
Laura Monaghan ... Gracie Fields

David Gulpilil ... Moodoo
Ningali Lawford ... Maud - Molly's Mother
Myarn Lawford ... Molly's Grandmother

Deborah Mailman ... Mavis

Jason Clarke ... Constable Riggs

Kenneth Branagh ... A.O. Neville
Natasha Wanganeen ... Nina, Dormitory Boss
Garry McDonald ... Mr. Neal at Moore River

Roy Billing ... Police Inspector
Lorna Lesley ... Miss Thomas (as Lorna Leslie)
Celine O'Leary ... Miss Jessop
Kate Roberts ... Matron at Moore River
Tracy Monaghan ... Moodoo's Daughter
Tamara Flanagan ... Olive, Escaped Girl
David Ngoombujarra ... Kangaroo Hunter

Anthony Hayes ... The Fence Builder
Andrew S. Gilbert ... Jigalong Depot Manager
Sheryl Carter ... Gracie's Mother
Heath Bergersen ... Jacky
Trevor Jamieson ... Moore River Policeman
Edwina Bishop ... First Farm Mother
Kerilee Meuris ... Farm Daughter
Andrew Martin ... Car Driving Policeman
Ken Radley ... Fence Worker
Don Barker ... Mr. Paul Evans
Carmel Johnson ... Mrs. Evans
David Buchanan ... Railway Policeman

Richard Carter ... Farmhouse Policeman
Fiona Gregory ... Jigalong Mother
Reggie Wanganeen ... Tommy Grant
Glenys Sampi ... Woman in Queue
Kizzy Flanagan ... First Dormitory Girl
Antonia Sampi ... Second Dormitory Girl
Maurice Kelly ... Aboriginal Hunter
Janganpa Group ... Jigalong Extras / Singing Woman at Jigalong
Elsie Thomas ... Singing Woman at Jigalong
Rosie Goodji ... Singing Woman at Jigalong
Jewess James ... Singing Woman at Jigalong
Daisy Craig Kadibill ... Herself
Molly Craig ... Herself

Directed by
Phillip Noyce 
Writing credits
Doris Pilkington (book "Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence") (as Doris Pilkington Garimara)

Christine Olsen (screenplay)

Produced by
Laura Burrows .... associate producer
David Elfick .... executive producer
Kathleen McLaughlin .... executive producer
Phillip Noyce .... producer
Christine Olsen .... producer
Emile Sherman .... co-executive producer
Jonathan Shteinman .... co-executive producer
Jeremy Thomas .... executive producer
John Winter .... producer
Oliver Huzly .... co-producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Peter Gabriel 
Cinematography by
Christopher Doyle 
Film Editing by
Veronika Jenet 
John Scott 
Casting by
Christine King 
Production Design by
Roger Ford 
Art Direction by
Laurie Faen 
Set Decoration by
Rebecca Cohen 
Costume Design by
Roger Ford 
Makeup Department
Kate Birch .... hair stylist supervisor
Kate Birch .... makeup supervisor
Terri Farmer .... additional hair stylist
Terri Farmer .... additional makeup artist
Simone Wajon .... hair stylist
Simone Wajon .... makeup artist
Production Management
Kim Gladman .... on-set unit manager
Wil Milne .... unit manager
Helen Panckhurst .... post-production supervisor
Julie Sims .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Debbie Antoniou .... second assistant director (as Deborah Antoniou)
Ross Fargher .... assistant director: second unit
Ian Hamilton .... additional second assistant director
Ian Jones .... second unit director
Duan Kereru .... fourth assistant director
Chris Lynch .... additional first assistant director
Karen Mahood .... additional first assistant director
Emma Schofield .... first assistant director
Sarah Spillane .... additional third assistant director
Vicki Sugars .... additional first assistant director
Eddie Thorne .... third assistant director
Julie Wilson .... third assistant director
Art Department
Georgina Allain .... set finisher (as Gina Allain)
Guy Allain .... scenic artist
Liala Allain .... brush hand
Shane Badcoe .... trades assistant
Mandy Chapman .... painter
Steve Craig .... trades assistant
Robert Crompton .... art department runner
Ian Ferguson .... fence constructor
David Goldsworthy .... brush hand
Anne Harry .... assistant set decorator
Matthew Harry .... carpenter
Luke Johnston .... brush hand
Chris Landreth .... trades assistant
Matt Landreth .... trades assistant (as Matthew Landreth)
Kylie Lawson .... stand-by painter
Alice Lodge .... additional art department assistant
Anthony Mezic .... laborer
Andrew Miller .... laborer
John Moore .... construction manager
Ben Morieson .... assistant art director
Ben Naughton .... carpenter
Justin Naughton .... laborer
Paul Naughton .... laborer
David O'Reilly .... carpenter
Paul O'Reilly .... carpenter
Sonny Pilkington .... art department assistant
Jeffrey Prior .... set construction (as Jeff Prior)
Ron Prior .... set construction
Corky Reschke .... fence constructor
Dean Sullivan .... stand-by props
Alun Symes .... laborer
Jocelyn Thomas .... art department coordinator
Michael Thomas .... leading hand
Robert Webb .... props buyer
John Wight .... trades assistant
Jenny Woodley .... brush hand
Aaron J. March .... trades assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Steve Burgess .... foley recordist
Craig Carter .... sound designer
Richard Chappell .... additional sound engineer
Ricky Edwards .... adr editor
Gerard Long .... foley artist
Ian McLoughlin .... re-recording mixer
Bronwyn Murphy .... production sound recordist (as Bronwyn A. Murphy)
Steve Murphy .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Gerry Nucifora .... additional boom operator
Ben Osmo .... additional sound recordist
John Penders .... supervising sound editor
Andrew Plain .... adr editor
Roger Savage .... re-recording mixer
Blair Slater .... adr recordist
Michael Thompson .... adr recordist
Stephen Vaughan .... boom operator (as Stephen Jackson-Vaughan)
Andy Wright .... adr recordist (as Andrew Wright)
Bruce Emery .... dolby consultant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jon Blaikie .... rain effects (as Jonathan Blaikie)
Visual Effects by
Mark Barber .... compositor: Animal Logic
Jason Bath .... visual effects producer: Fuel International
Clayton Bell .... IT wrangler: GMD
Paul Butterworth .... visual effects supervisor: Fuel International
Ben Caine .... visual effects coordinator: Animal Logic
Fiona Crawford .... visual effects producer: Animal Logic
Dave Dalley .... compositor: Animal Logic
Peter Fisher .... executive producer: GMD
Grant Freckelton .... matte painter: Animal Logic (as Grant Freckleton)
Jeanmarc Furio .... compositor: Animal Logic (as Jean-Marc Furio)
Mark Harmon .... scanning and recording operator: Animal Logic
David L. Hewitt .... visual effects producer: GMD (as David Hewitt)
Krista Jordan .... senior compositor: Animal Logic
Peter King .... technical director: GMD
Chris Leaver .... compositor: GMD
Simon Maddison .... 3D technical director: Fuel International
Andrew McKenna .... senior compositor: GMD
Kirsty Millar .... supervising compositor: Animal Logic
Ivan Moran .... assistant compositor: Animal Logic
Dave Morley .... senior compositor: Fuel International
John Pope .... scanning and recording operator: Animal Logic
Murray Pope .... visual effects supervisor: Animal Logic
Robert Sandeman .... digital opticals
Hugh Seville .... compositor: GMD
Anthos Simon .... digital opticals
Chris Swinbanks .... supervising compositor: Animal Logic Film Bureau
Henry Yekanians .... digital opticals
Dan Breckwoldt .... data I/O operator (uncredited)
Jonathan Dixon .... digital liaison (uncredited)
Steve Dunn .... visual effects producer: FSM (uncredited)
Kyle Goodsell .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Dane Rapaport .... data operations manager (uncredited)
Jamie Wood .... junior compositor (uncredited)
Mark Campbell .... precision driver
Ed McShortall .... stunt coordinator (as Eddy McShortall)
Camera and Electrical Department
Liam Adam .... third electrician
Rick Belfield .... additional grip
Stuart Bell .... additional assistant grip
Mervyn Bishop .... still photographer
Simon Bonney .... additional grip
Katrina Crook .... focus puller
James Hopwood .... additional assistant grip
Adam Hunter .... additional best boy electric
Glen Jenkins .... best boy electric
Ian Jones .... Steadicam operator
Ian Jones .... aerial photographer
Ian Jones .... director of photography: second unit
Miles Jones .... additional gaffer
Angus Kemp .... additional electrician
Lee Mariano .... additional clapper loader
Jim McIntosh .... grip
Rob Morgan .... key grip (as Robin Morgan)
Matt Nettheim .... still photographer (as Matthew Nettheim)
David Nichols .... additional key grip (as Dave Nichols)
Luke Nixon .... additional focus puller
Nick Payne .... gaffer
Claire Pollard .... additional caterer: Camera Cooks
Kevin Scott .... additional assistant camera
Graham Shearer .... still photographer
Brad Shield .... additional photographer
Andy Smith .... additional grip
Jimmy Smith .... video split operator
Lisa Tomasetti .... still photographer
Penny Tweedie .... still photographer
Lucinda van de Berkt .... additional clapper loader (as Lucinda Van De Berkt)
Nathan Walton .... additional electrician
Peter White .... focus puller: second unit
Rob Wilkin .... additional grip (as Rob Wilkins)
Simon Williams .... clapper loader
Stuart Christie .... video assist operator: re-shoot (uncredited)
Casting Department
Rick Brayford .... casting: Western Australia (as Ric Brayford)
Jodie Brearley .... casting associate (as Jodie McKenna)
Jenni Cohen .... casting: Western Australia
Heather Colman .... extras casting: Leigh Creek
Angela Heesom .... extras casting: Adelaide (as Angela Hessom)
Brooke Howden .... casting associate
Liz Hughes .... casting: Alice Springs
Julie Lewington .... extras casting: Adelaide (as Julia Lewington)
Maggie Miles .... casting: Northern Territory
Colin Murdoch .... extras casting: Leigh Creek
Annie Murtagh-Monks .... casting: Western Australia
Christina No .... casting assistant
Peter Yates .... extras casting: Alice Springs
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pat Blackstock .... seamstress
Ruth De la Lande .... assistant costume designer (as Ruth De La Lande)
Ruth De la Lande .... costume supervisor (as Ruth De La Lande)
Mel Dykes .... additional costumes
Amanda Irving .... additional costumes
Julie Kruger .... costume stand-by
Judith Matters .... costumer
Sue Miles .... additional costumes
Zeynep Selcuk .... assistant costume stand-by
Editorial Department
Arthur Cambridge .... color grader
Bridgette Fahey-Goldsmith .... first assistant editor
Allison Gibbons .... second assistant editor
Al Hansen .... digital colorist
Antonio Mestres .... second assistant editor
Lisa-Anne Morris .... first assistant editor
Steve Dunn .... post production supervisor: FSM (uncredited)
Phil Stuart-Jones .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Mark Evans .... location manager: Adelaide
Maude Heath .... location manager: Flinders Ranges
Rita Zanchetta .... location assistant: Adelaide
Music Department
George Acogny .... music supervisor
Richard Evans .... music arranger
Richard Evans .... music mixer
Richard Evans .... music producer
Peter Gabriel .... music producer
Edel Griffith .... assistant music producer
Julie Pearce .... music editor
Joe E. Rand .... music editor
David Rhodes .... music arranger
David Rhodes .... music mixer
David Rhodes .... music producer
Christine Woodruff .... music supervisor: Australia
Richard Evans .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
David Rhodes .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jon Blaikie .... vehicle coordinator (as Jonathan Blaikie)
Jade Brady .... double driver
Geoffrey Halloran .... extras driver
Mike McDermott .... driver: cast
Kim Nestor .... double driver
Noel Wilton .... double driver
Other crew
Michelle Adams .... additional cast liaison
Russell Allan .... assistant safety supervisor
Connie Amos .... double: Molly
Rosalind Aylmore .... singing coach
Don Aziz .... camel wrangler
Linley Batterham .... additional researcher
Sue Bennett .... assistant travel coordinator
Jessica Brentnall .... production secretary
Anthony Buckley .... producer: "A Steam Train Passes"
Lou Cifuentes .... additional safety officer
Emma Cooper .... publicist
Jill Coverdale .... post-production accountant
Miranda Culley .... assistant: Phillip Noyce
Amelia Dann .... double: Molly
Graeme Duffey .... night unit assistant
Denise Farrell .... post-production accountant
Evangeline Feary .... caterer: Adelaide
Olivier Fontenay .... director of production: Atlab
Gavin Foreman .... goanna wrangler: Scales & Tails
Tony Gibbs .... insurance broker: HW Wood Australia Pty Ltd
Jenny Hagley .... assistant accountant
Geoffrey Halloran .... rushes runner
Melissa Hasluck .... additional production assistant
Andrew Hayes .... unit assistant
David Haythornwaite .... director: "A Steam Train Passes" (as David Haythornthwaite)
Brian Hole .... helicopter pilot
Darlene Johnson .... attachment to Phillip Noyce
Cerrin Karpany .... double: Daisy
Raquel Kerdel .... double: Molly
Ningali Lawford .... consultant: Wangajunka language
Verna Lawrie .... double: Gracie
Owen Love .... unit assistant
Danielle MacLean .... attachment: Phillip Noyce (as Daniel Maclean)
Suzanne Mallos .... production coordinator
Rachael Maza .... drama coach: children
Cory McCall .... assistant: Kathleen McLaughlin
Alicia McCourt .... dog wrangler
Sindy McCourt .... dog wrangler (as Sindy)
Gabrielle McKechnie .... freight services: Ausfilm Transport & Logistics
Heather Muirhead .... additional production coordinator
Kimberly Neston .... doubles minder
Amanda Newton .... title producer: Optical & Graphic
Peter Newton .... title designer
Lucia Noyce .... continuity: second unit
Andrew Payne .... hawk wrangler
Phil Pike .... caterer: Flinders Ranges
Doris Pilkington .... script consultant (as Doris Pilkington Garimara)
Sonny Pilkington .... armorer
Jocelyn Quioc .... assistant: David Elfick
Rory Risky .... additional lugger
Jacquie Robertson .... unit nurse
Ian Russell .... laboratory liaison: Atlab Australia
Brian Samson .... advisor: Jigalong community
Jane Smith .... production accountant
Nina Stevenson .... production lawyer: Stevenson Court Lawyers
Oliver Streeton .... title designer
Rebecca Summerton .... additional production coordinator
Monica Swan .... tutor
Christopher James Taylor .... production runner (as Chris Taylor)
Lindy Taylor .... travel coordinator
Ken Thomas .... additional lugger
Alison Tilson .... script editor
Gordon Waddell .... additional safety officer (as Gordan Waddell)
Bill Willoughby .... horse wrangler
Danni-Rae Wilson .... double: Daisy
Erin Wilson .... double: Gracie
Peter Wiseman .... additional production runner
Kristin Witcombe .... script supervisor
Steve Marcus .... caterer (uncredited)
Maeve McEvoy .... production assistant (uncredited)
Rosemary Brooks .... thanks: St. Ann's College, North Adelaide (as Dr. Rosemary Brooks)
Richard Coombe .... thanks: Sturt District senior ranger
Paul Costley .... thanks
Claire Dobbin .... thanks: Mogumber Heritage Committee
Terry Gregory .... thanks: Belair National District ranger
Beverley Patterson .... thanks: Mogumber Heritage Committee
Stuart Patterson .... thanks: Mogumber Heritage Committee
Bill Ross .... thanks: Mogumber Heritage Committee
James Thomas .... thanks
Bob Tonkinson .... thanks: Mogumber Heritage Committee
Myrna Tonkinson .... thanks: Mogumber Heritage Committee
John Von Sturmer .... thanks: Mogumber Heritage Committee (as Dr. John Von Sturmer)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Long Walk Home" - Europe (English title)
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Rated PG for emotional thematic material
94 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Doris Pilkington, author of the book "Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence", is the daughter of Molly Craig (played by Everlyn Sampi in the film).See more »
Continuity: The girl's shoes and clothes were far too clean and intact for a thousand mile walk. The girl's hair wasn't dirty enough and didn't grow during the journey back to their home. The girls looked like they went on a 10 mile hike with very few food sources, lack of water, lack of hygiene, and lack of injuries to accurately depict authenticity.See more »
[First lines]
Title Cards:Western Australia 1931
Title Cards:For 100 years the Aboriginal Peoples have resisted the invasion of their lands by white settlers.
Title Cards:Now, a special law, the Aborigines Act, controls their lives in every detail.
Title Cards:Mr. A. O. Neville, the Chief Protector of Aborigines, is the legal guardian of every Aborigine in the State of Western Australia.
Title Cards:He has the power "to remove any half-caste child" from their family, from anywhere within the state.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Gulpilil: One Red Blood (2002) (V)See more »
Crossing The Salt PanSee more »


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46 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
What a pleasure it was to see Philip Noyce use his visual storytelling skills on a humane story., 22 December 2001
Author: mifunesamurai from Australia

This powerful film follows the journey of three young aboriginal girls who are taken from their family and forced to assimilate into an empty culture by the white settlers of Australia. This is known as the "STOLEN GENERATION", a dark period in Australian history which the current prime minister of Australia refuses to say sorry for the past atrocities. But this is not to say that this film preaches or manipulates emotions for political gain. No! It just tells the story with powerful images that allows the viewer to enter the torment of the stolen generation. Dialogue is minimal as our heroes are taken from their family and driven to the other side of Australia. But their will and instinct to be with their strong culture has the girls escape the camp prison and follow the rabbit-proof fence back home. The rabbit proof fence was built down the centre of Australia to contain the plague of rabbits from entering farm land. It was this white-man built fence that lead the girls back home.

As for all journeys, they are filled with internal conflict and confrontations with strangers. These confrontations with certain people show the diverse group of settlers in Australia. Not all were ignorant but most were repressed and abided to the harsh cultured laws. For instance, the girls arrive at a farmstead and are given clothing and food by a white woman. The motherly instinct of this woman understood that the girls had to be with their mothers. But at the same token the farm woman could not jeopardise her own family by looking after the girls or else it would have brought trouble. It was wonderful scenes like these that was played out visually without having to dumb it down with words. As human beings we understand these actions and need no explaining.

The most interesting relationship was the one between the aboriginal tracker in search of the girls. He could sense the persistence of these girls to get home by making it difficult for him to track them down. This he respected and slightly dropped his guard. Once again, a string of images tell of this distant relationship between tracker and girls.

The images also became so strong during the scene when the girls were taken from their mothers in a horrific manner. I doubt there will be a dry eye during that scene. This hooks you in as you then become the spirit of their journey back home.

Only by the performances of the girls do these scenes work because they are so natural and heartfelt. Children who overplay their role just become cute but those who underplay and rely on emotions of the situation deliver a powerhouse performance that a trained actor may sometimes find difficult to achieve. At first the name of a high calibre actor - such as Kenneth Branagh - in an Australian film warns you where the limelight will shine. But Kenneth just took a step back and become another important confrontational figure in the journey.

A bonus is the music by Peter Gabriel. It is a mixture of his famous trademark of world music infused with that of the Aboriginal. It soars and plays with the emotions, maybe a little too much but when you are dealing with a thousand year old culture that has music as its central universe, then you may be able to understand that the overpowerful music is just an extension of that.

Congratulations to all who were brave enough to bring a project of this strength to the screen. And for those who may wonder how I saw the film prior to its release, lets just say I was lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time. And No! I'm not tied to the project in any way because I don't sell out that easily.

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