Rabbit-Proof Fence: The True Story of One of the Greatest Escapes of All Time by Doris PilkingtonThe remarkable true story of three young girls who cross the harsh Australian desert on foot to return to their home.
Following an Australian government edict in 1931, black aboriginal children and children of mixed marriages were gathered up by whites and taken to settlements to be assimilated. In Rabbit-Proof Fence, award-winning author Doris Pilkington traces the captivating story of her mother, Molly, one of three young girls uprooted from her community in Southwestern Australia and taken to the Moore River Native Settlement. At the settlement, Milly and her relatives Gracie and Daisy were forbidden to speak their native language, forced to abandon their aboriginal heritage, and taught to be culturally white. After regular stays in solitary confinement, the three girls scared and homesick planned and executed a daring escape from the grim camp, with its harsh life of padlocks, barred windows, and hard cold beds.
The girls headed for the nearby rabbit-proof fence that stretched over 1,000 miles through the desert toward their home. Their journey lasted over a month, and they survived on everything from emus to feral cats, while narrowly avoiding the police, professional trackers, and hostile white settlers. Their story is a truly moving tale of defiance and resilience.
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Doris Pilkington is also the author of Caprice: A Stockmans Daughter. Rabbit-Proof Fence, her second book, is now a major motion picture from Miramax Films, directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Kenneth Branagh.
√ Rabbit Proof Fence Film Review - English
Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington is the true story of the escape of three young girls from a settlement school they were forced to attend in Australia, over one thousand miles away from their families and homes. The three girls, along with many others, were mandated to be transferred to Moore River Settlement School, which was a school for half-caste Aborigine children.
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. Rabbit-Proof Fence is a film set in 's Australia, in the rather small town of Jigalong. Molly and Daisy , who are sisters, are 14 and 8 years old, respectively. The film begins with a Mr. Neville coming to the girls' village and informing them that they must be relocated. Because of the rhyme and hs wishes to move them away, the girls call him Mr. The new place that the girls must go to is an internment camp in the Moore River Valley.
Sign in. In , three half-white, half-Aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their houses to be trained as domestic staff, and set off on a journey across the Outback. Western Australia, Government policy includes taking half-white, half-Aboriginal children from their Aboriginal mothers and sending them a thousand miles away to what amounts to indentured servitude, "to save them from themselves. For several days they walk north, following a fence that keeps rabbits from settlements, eluding a native tracker and the regional constabulary.
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Rabbit-Proof Fence was warmly received by both audiences and critics upon its release in The girls escape from Moore River and make the arduous — and long, stretching over nine weeks — journey home to Jigalong and their families, all along following the titular rabbit-proof fence. The three girls are representatives of the real women they play, but they also symbolise the thousands upon thousands of children cruelly removed from their homes. Release in a time when the Stolen Generations were a contentious issue, the film proved controversial; conservative commentators accused it of misrepresenting the facts. Rabbit-Proof Fence — whose fictionalised elements are all drawn from the accounts of other members of the stolen generations — undeniably played a role in shifting the national conversation around the stolen generations. Behrendt ponders the decision to include these scenes:.
Follow us on Twitter! Home Year 5 Year 6 Toto. Plot Summary. At the start of the film, we see Molly, Gracie and Daisy hunting with their mothers in Jigalong, the remote area in which they live. We then see A. Riggs captures the girls one afternoon and sends them to the Moore River Native Settlement. At Moore River, the girls are trained to talk and act like white Australians.