|Set in Australia in 1931, RABBIT-PROOF FENCE tells the story of a government policy that required “half-caste” children (whose mothers were Aboriginal and whose fathers were white) to be taken from their homes by the authorities to be trained to work as servants. Based on the true story of Molly Craig, Philip Noyce’s film of small gestures and few words follows the odyssey of three young girls who escaped from the government’s training facility and, using the country’s long stretches of rabbit-proof fences as their guide, walked 1500 miles to get back home.
Told squarely from Molly’s point of view, RABBIT-PROOF FENCE also highlights the Australian government’s treatment of Aboriginies by A.O. Neville (Kenneth Branagh), the legal guardian of the country’s indigenous people. His plan to “breed out” the Aboriginal blood of the half-castes is marked by a cool calculation and moral blindness that stands out in sharp contrast to Molly’s spiritual and intuitive relationship to the people and places she encounters on her journey.