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Added on: 12/3/2003 07:14
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Rabbit Proof Fence: Collector`s Edition (2 Disc Set) (Australia)

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1500 Miles Is A Long Way Home
Certificate: PG
Running Time: 94 mins
Retail Price: 32.95
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It`s the 1930`s in outback Australia. Three young Aboriginal girls - sisters Molly (Everlyn Sampi) and Daisy (Tianna Sansbury) and their cousin Gracie (Laura Monagham) are snatched from their mothers` arms in Jigalong, Western Australia and sent to a remote settlement at Moore River. 1500 miles away from home, distanced from their mothers and forced to adapt to a strange new world, the girls attempt the impossible and embark on a daring escape.

What ensues is an epic journy across an unforgiving landscape that will test the girls` very will to survive. Their only resources - tenacity, determination, ingenuity and each other. Their one hope - find the rabbit-proof fence that might just guide them home.

Special Features:
Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence documentary
Director`s Commentary
Cast and Crew Interviews
Cast and Crew Biographies
Theatrical Trailers
Study Guide
Press Articles

Video Tracks:
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1

Audio Tracks:
Dolby Digital 5.1 English

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Directed By:
Phillip Noyce

Written By:

Ningali Lawford
David Gulpilil
Laura Monaghan
Tianna Sansbury
Everlyn Sampi

Casting By:
Christine King

Soundtrack By:
Peter Gabriel

Director of Photography:
Brad Shield
Christopher Doyle

John Scott
Veronika Jenet

Costume Designer:
Roger Ford

Production Designer:
Roger Ford

John Winter
Christine Olsen
Phillip Noyce
Laura Burrows

Executive Producer:
Jeremy Thomas
Jonathan Shteinman
Emile Sherman
Kathleen McLaughlin
David Elfick


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8 / 10
In Rabbit-Proof Fence three young girls walk 1500+ miles across Western Australia, through some of the toughest terrain in the world, with no supplies, no water and no special clothing - other than what they find or are given along the way.

The most-gobsmacking thing of all about the feat of the girls in Rabbit-Proof Fence is the fact that it happens to be a true story.

Phillip Noyce has created a classic movie here and has done so in the face of huge difficulties.

Apart from the on-location difficulties, he took three girls who had never acted before and has drawn simply stunning performances from them. One of the extras is a feature on the casting difficulties and is something you have to watch. Praise must also go to the girls` acting coach Rachael Maza.

On a long journey, small victories make big impacts. The girls feed on hope provided by the kindness of strangers. By the time they stumble on the rabbit-proof fence, they're ready to burst with anticipation or collapse from exhaustion. Metaphorically, the fence serves as a lifeline for the girls, an umbilical chord that's still attached to their mothers. In reality, it's a 1,500-mile-long structure designed to keep rabbits away from Outback crops that also runs right through Jigalong Depot. Follow it, and the fence will lead them home, right? Ah, it's never that simple.

Rabbit-Proof Fence is an uplifting story of the strength of the human spirit in an at-times brutal landscape run by those who think they know best. It doesn`t pull punches, but when it lands its blows it does so in a matter of fact way and not in an off-putting lecturing style.
posted by Aslan on 12/4/2003 23:30
8 / 10
A great independant Australian movie about 3 young aboriginal half caste girls trekking accross harsh conditions in 19th century Australia.
3 young girls are snatched from their mothers by the goverment as they are half caste and the government intends to breed them out into white people and train them to become active members in a white society. They are taken to a camp on the other side of Australia and are taught to behave like white people. Soon the 3 girls decide that enough is enough and escape the camp and try to make their way home. They find a rabbit proof fence which they know will lead them home but the journey is long and the government and police are hot on their trails. Though most of the movie is Anti-white, not all white people are depicted as bad. There is a white lady who feeds the children and is concerned for them.
The picture is quite good concidering the low budget and is very clean looking. The sound likewise is really good.
The extras thought there arent many, (documentary, commentary, trailers) the documentary is hugely informative and in-depth. Well worth watching.
posted by dicanio on 2/10/2003 01:25