How on earth do you review a movie like this and do it any form of justice? It
has been quite some time since a film has affected me on such an emotional
level. The sheer power of the storyline leaves you speechless and in my case,
in tears at the end of the story.
The tale deals with the true story of the Stolen Generation of young
Aboriginal children from their parents that occurred from the 1930's even up
as recently as the 1970's. This loathsome and disgusting practice was carried
out by the Government in the "interests" of the young children, many of whom
were half-caste (half Aboriginal/half white). The kids in this instance were
taken to a settlement at Moore River and became wards of the state.
Rabbit-Proof Fence deals with three such children who were sent to Moore River
and escaped, using the rabbit-proof fence that was erected as a guide to get
them home to their mother. Bear in mind that their mother is 1500 miles away
from them and the eldest child only 14, being chased by professional trackers
and you will only begin to see the sort of hardship they experienced during
the trip that took them 9 weeks to complete on foot.
movie is must view material, not only as it's a brilliant film, but also for
the historical aspect of it. The cinematography is inspired and does acclaimed
director Phillip Noyce proud. Aside from the excellence of the camerawork,
Noyce had the task of taking three young children with no experience and
turning them into young actors for his movie. This is documented on the second
disc of this two disc collectors edition and is fascinating viewing.
Accompanying the movie is a evocative score by Peter Gabriel that suits
perfectly and sounds wonderful through a good speaker setup. The film doesn't
over do it on the sound front and with this type of material certainly isn't
the sort of movie you want things whizzing in and out of your speakers during.
sure you watch all the extras on the second disc as they compliment the first
disc perfectly and have a box of tissues ready when watching the movie. Follow
your heart and follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence. I can guarantee that this movie
will hold a valued place in your DVD collection for many years to come.
- Scene Selections
- Follow the
Rabbit-Proof Fence documentary
- Directors Commentary
Cast and Crew Interviews
- Study Guide