#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Western Australia, 1931. Government policy includes taking half-caste children from their Aboriginal mothers and sending them a thousand miles away to what amounts to indentured servitude, “to save them from themselves.” Molly, Daisy, and Grace (two sisters and a cousin who are 14, 10, and 8) arrive at their Gulag and promptly escape, under Molly’s lead. For days they walk north, following a fence that keeps rabbits from settlements, eluding a native tracker and the regional constabulary. Their pursuers take orders from the government’s “chief protector of Aborigines,” A.O. Neville, blinded by Anglo-Christian certainty, evolutionary world view and conventional wisdom. Can the girls survive?
Plot: 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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What a pleasure it was to see Philip Noyce use his visual storytelling skills on a humane story.
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.
Sobering, Saddening, Revealing
Australia, a country with real cultural – and since 1941 – geo-strategic links with the United States gives us a steady supply of fascinating films. Several years ago “The Dish,” which didn’t do well commercially, told the true story of Australia’s partnering with the U.S. in the exciting explosion of space exploration. The Australians of that film were white, largely educated and despite accents and indigenous slang very much like their Yank counterparts.
Now comes “Rabbit-Proof Fence,” also a true tale but one which reflects a harrowing white insensitivity to the humanity of the continent’s native inhabitants, lumped together as “aborigines” despite the obvious reality that they were, as were Native Americans, members of distinct tribal groupings.
Australian law mandated, not permitted but decreed, that children born of mixed race unions be forcibly removed from their parents and taken to special settlements where dual goals might be achieved. They would be trained as domestics for white people and also prepared to dilute through relationships with lighter skin people the genetic component of their color.
Government officials supervised this process which lasted, almost unbelievably, until 1970. In this film a slightly portly Kenneth Branagh plays a real civil servant, Mr. Neville, a man who wielded enormous power over Western Australia’s natives. He was the legal custodian of their lives and such futures as his country’s laws allowed.
Three young girls are forcibly abducted from their homes and taken to a school where white female nurses provide some semblance of humane care (given the situation). A black man with a daughter in the school, known as “The Tracker,” employs his considerable bush skills to hunt down runaways not appreciative of the government’s plan for their future.
The oldest girl leads the two others on a simply amazing trek through beautifully photographed but incredibly threatening and desolate outback territory ranging from semi-tropical to desert. The fence is their equivalent of the stars that guided escaping American slaves through the maze of the Underground Railroad These young actresses, with actions more than words, express love for home and parent and a fierce determination to march, crawl and stagger 1200 miles to get back.
The Australia of the prewar years isn’t portrayed as morally monochromatic – both whites and blacks alternately help and betray the children. The police are not cruel but individuals unquestioning of legal authority. One frantically waves an official order to a hysterical mother as he scoops, with his free arm, the struggling girls as one might snatch up barnyard chickens.
The ending is powerful, moving and troubling. Mr. Neville is no monster: he’s a true believer following then accepted-by-many theories of racial genetics. He believes his government’s program can prevent the emergence of a third race of half-castes by forcing the lighter skin aborigines to marry up the color chart. His simple pleasure rather than any sense of irony attends the command performance of Stephen Foster’s “Swanee River” by the school’s kids. It’s his favorite song so why shouldn’t the children learn it?
Director Phillip Noyes co-wrote the script with Christine Olsen, both of them also serving as co-producers. They’ve done a fantastic job.
Americans shouldn’t feel superior to the Australian policy wonks. We did exactly the same thing to Native Americans over a century ago, taking children away to mission schools to be “civilized.”
More than a few people shed tears during the screening. Don’t let that possibility keep you from seeing “Rabbit-Proof Fence.” It’s both a true story and a celebration of life and courage. And a warning about social engineering, bogus science and – worse – that peculiar blindness where some can not see ourselves in the bodies of those different solely by color and birth.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 34 min (94 min)
Genre Adventure, Biography, Drama
Director Phillip Noyce
Writer Doris Pilkington (book), Christine Olsen (screenplay)
Actors Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, David Gulpilil
Awards Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 23 wins & 24 nominations.
Production Company Olsen Levy Productions, Australian Film Finance Corporation, Showtime Australia, Rumbalara Films
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Laboratory Atlab Film Laboratory Service, Sydney, Australia
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Super 35
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)