Rabbit-Proof Fence

For over a century Great Britain enforced a misguided social policy that removed half-caste Aboriginal children from their mothers and placed them in orphanages where they were taught "their place." They became gardeners, housekeepers, cooks, maids and chauffeurs while their families mourned their absence. You will be gratified to know that this policy was abandoned by 1970 but it's shocking to know how long it had been in effect.

In 1931, three aboriginal girls were snatched from their homes and placed in one such school. This movie is a dramatized account of their escape and subsequent attempt to cross the continent in order to rejoin their families.

Not only is this story exciting, in the extras on this PG-rated, 94-minute award winner, we are given the privilege of meeting the actual women, now very elderly.

Playing real people, we see:
  • Everlyn Sampi as Molly Craig;
  • Tianna Sansbury as Daisy Craig Kadibill;
  • Laura Monaghan as Gracie Fields;
  • Jason Clarke as Constable Riggs;
  • Kenneth Branaugh as A. O. Neville; and
  • David Gulpilil as Moodoo the tracker.
This is a seat-of-the-pants thriller, a comedy, a social commentary, a tear-jerker and a feel-good drama. Who could ask for anything more?
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