Rabbit-Proof Fence
Directed by Phillip Noyce, Australia 2002
90 mins. English dialogue

Western Australia, 1931. On the edge of the Gibson Desert, a rabbit-proof fence bisects Australia from north to south. The fence was built to keep rabbits on one side and pasture on the other. This remote country is home to three spirited Aboriginal girls, Molly, her sister Daisy, and their cousin Gracie. The girls' white fathers are fence workers who have moved on. Now their only contact with white Australia is the weekly ration day.

In Perth, AO Neville (Kenneth Branagh), the area's Chief Protector of Aborigines, receives word that the three girls are running wild and orders the removal of Molly, Gracie and Daisy to a grim settlement 1,200 miles from home. The harsh conditions under which they must live shock Molly, and she convinces Daisy and Gracie to run away with her. They begin a grueling three-month journey home, following the rabbit-proof fence that will guide them back to their mother and their rightful home.

What the Critics say:

"This journey, which evokes some of the same mystery of the outback evoked in many other Australian films is beautiful, harrowing and sometimes heart-breaking."  (Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times)