Thursday, July 13, 2006

RABBIT-PROOF FENCE -- Octagonal Mesh At Its Finest



RABBIT-PROOF FENCE is an unforgettable film about an unforgivable governmental policy that will stay with you for a long, long time.

Director Phillip Noyce (DEAD CALM, 1989; PATRIOT GAMES, 1992) helms this true story of three young half-caste girls who are abducted from their Aboriginal mothers in 1931 and relocated 1,200 miles away as part of an official government policy that is designed to train them as domestic servants and to effectively integrate them into white society. Almost immediately the three -- ages 14, 10 and 8 -- escape their forced internment and begin what can only be described as an epic trek across an unforgiving landscape. Constantly pursued by authorities including Moodoo, the Tracker (played perfectly by David Gulpilil who you will remember from his screen debut in WALKABOUT), the resourceful young girls follow the "rabbit-proof fence" which bisects Australia in their determined struggle to return home. This is an almost unbelievable journey of over one thousand two hundred miles, entirely on foot, with nothing but grit, determination, enough luck and enough pluck to actually accomplish the impossible.

Kenneth Branagh portrays A. O. Neville, Chief Protector of Aborigines, a man blinded by Anglo-Christian certainty and a misguided evolutionary world view. His performance is nicely understated and surprisingly sympathetic.

The three young Aboriginal actors who portray the escapees do so with charisma, nobility, intelligence and stength. All are exceptional -- especially given the fact that none had prior training of any kind. Everlyn Sampi as Molly is simply outstanding; I cannot help but believe she will have a long career ahead as an actress on both the stage and the screen.

Peter Gabriel (of Genesis fame) was nominated for a Golden Globe for his effective and evocative score. It is just one more element of many that makes RABBIT-PROOF FENCE a remarkable cinematic experience. So grab yourself a couple of Foster's and a RABBIT-PROOF FENCE DVD, kick up your legs, sit back and marvel at what the human spirit can accomplish.

8 Comments:

At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Simon said...

Did you watch the extras on the DVD? The documentary footage of the sequence where they film the kids being taken away is as good as scene in the movie. The section on the casting process is great too--and it's narrated by what's his name--you know, Emma Thompson's ex.

 
At 1:52 AM, Blogger RC said...

i really enjoyed this film.

Did you know director phillip noyce has a new film coming out this year..."Catch a Fire"

i blogged about it today, i think it certainly has potential.

--RC of strangeculture.blogspot.com

 
At 9:48 AM, Anonymous mrn said...

i need to vent but i'm not sure this is the appropriate local for my rantings....mrn

 
At 10:18 AM, Anonymous Needtovent Headquarters said...

mrn:

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At 6:04 PM, Anonymous mrn said...

g. gordon loddy not withstanding....my daughter is a lying, drug abusing whore whom has decided she wants to play catcher for the other team....but only after she was fucking a neighbor for two years while still maintaing a friendship with both him and his wife....this, from a woman, who for the first 35 or so years of her life was a responsible person and a great parent who thouoght the sun rose and set with her husband and three pre-teen kids....now all the bitch wants to do is run off to hawaii with her incredibly ugly cunt girl friend and totally forget she ever had another life....did i mention the bitch is a liar?....-she should have her ass thrown in jail for all the times she has purjored herself in the past few months as she has lied to the court in every afidavit she has offered....the cunt bitch whore....she is destroying the lives of my three grandchildren and i will not allow that to happen....more later....mrn

 
At 9:09 PM, Anonymous mrn said...

death to her ....i would not miss her nor would the children....mrn

 
At 9:10 PM, Anonymous mrn said...

i don't spell well when i'm in a vent....mrn

 
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