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Rabbit-Proof Fence -- At a time when it was Australian government policy to train aboriginal children as domestic workers and integrate them into white society, young Molly Craig decides to lead her little sister and cousin in a daring escape from their internment camp.
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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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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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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 .... sound 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 .... sound 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)
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)
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
Mark Evans .... location manager: Adelaide
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)
Maude Heath .... location manager: Flinders Ranges
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
Rachel Maza .... drama coach: children (as Rachael Maza)
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
Rita Zanchetta .... location assistant: Adelaide
Steve Marcus .... caterer (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 »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Finland:K-11 | France:U | Germany:6 | Hong Kong:I | Iceland:L | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:12 | Norway:11 | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Africa:PG (DVD rating) | South Africa:13V (theatrical rating) | South Korea:All | Spain:7 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Zurich) | UK:PG | USA:TV-PG (cable rating) | USA:PG (certificate #38838)

Did You Know?

Everlyn Sampi, (Molly Craig), ran away twice during filming. In one instance, she was found in a phone booth, trying to buy tickets back to Broome.See more »
Continuity: During the opening scenes of the movie the lizard that they have been hunting is killed and when they are carrying it back to their home the lizard is first carried one way then switches with the change in camera angle and then changes back.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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A Scathing Attack on Racism, 2 December 2002
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

"And miles to go before I sleep/ And miles to go before I sleep" -- Robert Frost

Set in Western Australia in 1931, Rabbit-Proof Fence, a new film by Australian director Philip Noyce (The Quiet American, Clear and Present Danger), is a scathing attack on the Australian government's "eugenics" policy toward Aboriginal half-castes. Continuing policies begun by the British, the white government in Australia for six decades forcibly removed all half-caste Aborigines from their families "for their own good" and sent them to government camps where they were raised as servants, converted to Christianity, and eventually assimilated into white society.

Based on the 1996 book, "Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence" by Doris Pilkington Garimara (Molly Kelly's daughter), the film tells the story of three Aboriginal girls, 14-year old Molly Kelley, her 8-year old sister Daisy, and their 10-year old cousin Gracie. It shows their escape from confinement in a government camp for half-castes and their return home across the vast and lonely Australian Outback. It is a simple story of indomitable courage, told with honest emotion. Abducted by police in 1931 from their families at Jigalong, an Aboriginal settlement on the edge of the Little Sandy Desert in northwest Australia, the three girls are sent to the Moore River Native Settlement near Perth. Here the children must endure wretched conditions. Herded into mass dormitories, they are not allowed to speak their native language, are subject to strict discipline, and, if they break the rules, are put into solitary confinement for 14 days.

Followed by the Aborigine tracker, Moodoo (a great performance from David Gulpilil), the girls make their escape. Using a "rabbit-proof fence" as a navigation tool, they walk 1500 miles across the parched Outback to return to Jigalong. The rabbit-proof fence was a strip of barbed-wire netting that cut across half of the continent and was designed to protect farmer's crops by keeping the rabbits away. The girls walked for months on end often without food or drink, not always sure of the direction they are going, using all their ingenuity and intelligence along the way just to survive. The stunning Australian landscape is magnificently photographed by Christopher Doyle, and a haunting score by Peter Gabriel translates natural sounds of birds, animals, wind and rain into music that adds a mystical feeling to the journey.

The performances by amateur actors Evelyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, and Laura Monaghan (who had never seen a film before let alone acted in one) are authentic and heartbreakingly affecting. Though the white officials and police are characterized as smug and unfeeling, they are more like bureaucrats carrying out official policies than true villains. Kenneth Branagh gives a strong but restrained performance as Mr. Neville, the minister in charge of half-castes. Rabbit-Proof Fence is an honest film that avoids sentimentality and lets the courage and natural wisdom of the girls shine through. This is one of the best films I've seen this year and has struck a responsive chord in Australia and all over the world. Hopefully, it will become a vehicle for reconciliation, so that the shame of the "Stolen Generation" can at last be held to account.

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