Rabbit Proof Fence is not a movie, but a tale. A tale of courage, a struggle against all
odds, and determination. But this is no movie, no fiction novel. This is a true story,
the journey and the hardships are true. This happened 70 years ago. But was the way
in which Philip Noyce, director of the film, re-created the account biased or un-biased
to the actual story? Was the film overly sympathetic to one colour or the other?
The story begins when the 3 Aboriginal girls, Molly, Daisy and Gracie are happily
living in a settlement near Jigalong depot. When the officer for Aboriginal affairs
orders that they be sent to Moore River settlement for being half-caste (one
Aboriginal and one Caucasian parent), there is great sadness in the Jigalong
Aboriginal settlement. The girls arrive at Moore River settlement, an Aboriginal
'education' centre, where they are forced to go to church, make clothing and are only
When one day the girls are asked to take out the chamber bucket
while everyone else is at church, they make a hasty escape to try to get home. This is
not an easy journey, especially with the Aboriginal tracker on their tails, and they are
starving, dehydrated and weak. They encounter several helpers along the way, who
provide them with food, water, clothing, directions and shelter, but they still do not
know who to trust. This dubious feeling that enshrouds them is enforced when they
were deceived- a so called 'helper' told them to be at Warrambula station as their
mother was going to visit, Gracie went and got taken away by Police. With only
Molly and Daisy left, they once again must find home using the rabbit proof fence.
Throughout the film, it alternates stories with the 3...