RABBIT PROOF FENCE (2002)

Australia (MIFF 2015 , David Gulpilil)

"It is impossible to watch Rabbit-Proof Fence and not be in some way affected by it." – The Guardian

In Western Australia in 1931, 14-year-old Molly, her sister Daisy and their cousin Gracie are taken by government officials and sent to a training school. Yearning for home, they attempt to find their way back by trekking 2400 kilometres along the rabbit-proof fence.

The heartbreaking real-life plight of Australia's stolen generations drives Phillip Noyce's account of three girls determined to return to their family, as conveyed through empathetic storytelling and with an eye for the nation's outback landscape.

Noyce crafts a film as much about struggle as it is about strength, and defined not just by where the girls are headed, but by who they're running from – with David Gulpilil offering up one of the great supporting performances of his career as the tracker on their trail.

"Beautiful, harrowing and sometimes heartbreaking … a revelation of astonishing emotional power." – Roger Ebert

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Courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

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