Those key elements are what make this Australian film such a wonderful spiritual adventure story and one of the best films of the year.The DVD edition features audio commentaries by and interviews with director Phillip Noyce, sound editor Peter Gabriel, star Kenneth Branagh, screenwriter Christine Olsen, and writer Doris Pilkington, Molly's daughter.
In one scene, Molly's mother (Ningali Lawford) points to a bird flying overhead and says: "That's a spirit bird, he will always look after you." The white fathers of the three girls have abandoned them and moved on. By his title, you might expect that his task would be to maintain the culture, rituals, and integrity of Australia's indigenous peoples.
The truth is far more crude and appalling: his job is to implement and supervise the removal of half-caste children from their mothers and send them to a facility where they are trained to do domestic labor.
In 1931, three Aboriginal girls fourteen year-old Molly (Everlyn Sampi), her eight-year-old sister Daisy (Tianna Sansbury), and their ten-year-old cousin Gracie (Laura Monaghan) live near the small depot of Jigalong on the edge of the Gibson Desert with their mothers and grandmother.
They are learning tribal lessons passed down through the generations. Neville (Kenneth Branagh) holds the position of chief protector of Aborigines in the state.
This is evident from the early scenes in the film, which show Maude imparting traditional knowledge to Molly.
We also see Molly’s family tracking a goanna together.
was a smash hit when it was released in Australia in 2002.
For me, it’s one of the ultimate girl power films, and all the more powerful for having been based on true events.
An added bonus is a 45-minute documentary, "Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence," that includes initial casting footage of Everlyn Sampi's and other girls' auditions.
Plot Summary: In Western Australia, 1931, children with mixed Aboriginal and White ancestry are forcibly removed from their families and incarcerated at the Moore River Native Settlement, to be trained as servants for White people.