Rabbit-Proof Fence


1h 34m 2002

Brief Synopsis

In Western Australia, 1931, the small depot of Jigalong sits on the edge of the Gibson Desert. Running through Jigalong and out into the desert is a rabbit-proof fence that bisects Australia from north to south. The fence was built to keep rabbits on one side and pasture on the other. This remote co

Film Details

Also Known As
Le chemin de la liberté, chemin de la liberté
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2002
Production Company
Animal Logic; Animal Logic Fuel; Atlab-Gold Coast, Australia; Australian Film Commission (AFC); Hanway Films; Hanway Films; Moneypenny Services; Opticals & Graphics; Screen Australia; Screenwest; Showtime Networks; Soundfirm; South Australian Film Corporation (Safc); Spectrum Films
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX; A-Film Distribution; Arsenal Filmverleih; Bac Films Distribution; Becker Group Limited T/A Becker Entertainment; CinTart; Filmcoopi Zurich Ag; Golden Scene; Golden Village; Lauren Films; MIRAMAX; Norsk Filmdistribusjon; Polyfilm Verleih Gmbh; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International
Location
Adelaide, Australia; Flinders Ranges, South Australia, Australia

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 34m

Synopsis

In Western Australia, 1931, the small depot of Jigalong sits on the edge of the Gibson Desert. Running through Jigalong and out into the desert is a rabbit-proof fence that 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 at Jigalong Depot. In Perth, AO Neville, the area's Chief Protector of Aborigines, receives word that the three girls are running wild. He believes the Aboriginal race is dying out and believes that the answer to the "colored problem" is to breed out the Aboriginal race. To achieve this he has ruled that children of mixed marriages cannot marry full-blooded Aborigines. Settlements are set up across the state and "half-caste" children are removed from their families and prepared for their "new life in white society" as domestic servants and laborers. Neville orders the removal of Molly, Gracie, and Daisy and they are relocated 1,200 miles from home to a grim settlement. The harsh conditions they must live under shock Molly, and she convinces Daisy and Gracie to run away with her. With Moodoo, a cruel and master tracker on their tails, 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.

Crew

George Acogny

Music Supervisor

Guy Allain

Scenic Artist

Debbie Antoniou

2nd Assistant Director

Rosalind Aylmore

Other

Don Aziz

Camel Wrangler

Jason Bath

Visual Effects Producer (Fuel International)

Katherin Birch

Makeup Supervisor

Katherin Birch

Hair Supervisor

Mervyn Bishop

Stills Photographer

Pat Blackstock

Seamstress

Simon Bonney

Grip (2nd Unit)

Ric Brayford

Western Australian Casting

Jessica Brentnall

Production Secretary

Steve Burgess

Foley Recordist

Steve Burgess

Foley Mixer

Laura Burrows

Associate Producer

Paul Butterworth

Visual Effects Supervisor (Fuel International)

Arthur Cambridge

Color Grader

Craig Carter

Sound Designer

Jenni Cohen

Western Australian Casting

Rebecca Cohen

Set Decorator

Emma Cooper

Publicity

Jill Coverdale

Post-Production Accountant

Fiona Crawford

Visual Effects Producer (Animal Logic Film)

Miranda Culley

Assistant (To Phillip Noyce)

Ruth De La Lande

Costume Supervisor

Ruth De La Lande

Assistant Costume Designer

Christopher Doyle

Director Of Photography

Mel Dykes

Costumes (2nd Unit)

Ricky Edwards

Adr Editor

David Elfick

Executive Producer

Mark Evans

Location Manager (Adelaide)

Richard Evans

Music Producer

Richard Evans

Music Arranger

Richard Evans

Music Mixer

Laurie Faen

Art Director

Ross Fargher

Assistant Director (2nd Unit)

Denise Farrell

Post-Production Accountant

Evangeline Feary

Catering (Food Noir)

Peter Fisher

Visual Effects Executive Producer (Gmd)

Roger Ford

Production Designer

Roger Ford

Costume Designer

Gavin Foreman

Goanna Wrangler (Scales & Tails)

Grant Freckelton

Matte Painter (Animal Logic Film)

Peter Gabriel

Music Producer

Peter Gabriel

Music; Music ("Sky Blue")

Fred Gilbert

Song ("The Man Who Broke The Bank At Monte Carlo")

Ian Hamilton

2nd Assistant Director (2nd Unit)

Maude Heath

Location Manager (Flinders Ranges)

David Hewitt

Visual Effects Producer (Gmd)

Brian Hole

Helicopter Pilot

Adam Hunter

Best Boy (2nd Unit)

Amanda Irving

Costumes (2nd Unit)

Stephen Jackson-vaughan

Boom Operator

Veronika Jenet

Editor

Glen Jenkins

Best Boy

Ian Jones

Aerial Photography

Ian Jones

Director Of Photography (2nd Unit)

Ian Jones

Steadicam Operator

Ian Jones

Second Unit Director

Miles Jones

Gaffer (2nd Unit)

Christine King

Casting

Peter King

Technical Director (Gmd)

Ningali Lawford

Wangajunka Language Conultant

Gerard Long

Foley Artist

Chris Lynch

1st Assistant Director (2nd Unit)

Karen Mahood

1st Assistant Director (2nd Unit)

Suzanne Mallos

Production Coordinator

Judith Matters

Costumer

Rachael Maza

Children'S Drama Coach

Rachel Maza

Coach

Cory Mccall

Assistant (To Kathleen Mclaughlin)

Alicia Mccourt

Dog Wrangler

Sindy Mccourt

Dog Wrangler

Jim Mcintosh

Grip

Andrew Mckenna

Senior Compositor (Gmd)

Kathleen Mclaughlin

Executive Producer

Ian Mcloughlin

Rerecording Mixer

Eddy Mcshortall

Stunt Coordinator

Maggie Miles

Northern Territory Casting

Sue Miles

Costumes (2nd Unit)

Kirsty Millar

Supervising Compositor (Animal Logic Film)

Wil Milne

Unit Manager

John Moore

Construction Manager

Robin Morgan

Key Grip

Ben Morieson

Art Director (2nd Unit)

Dave Morley

Senior Compositor (Fuel International)

Heather Muirhead

Production Coordinator (2nd Unit)

Bronwyn Murphy

Production Sound Recordist

Steve Murphy

Dolby Sound Consultant

Annie Murtagh-monks

Western Australian Casting

Matt Nettheim

Stills Photographer

Amanda Newton

Title Production (Optical & Graphic)

Peter Newton

Title Design

David Nichols

Key Grip (2nd Unit)

Lucia Noyce

Continuity (2nd Unit)

Phillip Noyce

Producer

Gerry Nucifora

Boom Operator (2nd Unit)

Christine Olsen

Screenwriter

Christine Olsen

Producer

Ben Osmo

Sound Recordist (2nd Unit)

Helen Panckhurst

Post-Production Supervisor

Andrew Payne

Hawk Wrangler

Nick Payne

Gaffer

John Penders

Supervising Sound Editor

Phil Pike

Catering (Steve Marcus Film Catering)

Doris Pilkington Garimara

Source Material (From Book: "Follow The Rabbit-Proof Fence")

Andrew Plain

Adr Editor

Claire Pollard

Catering (2nd Unit)

Murray Pope

Visual Effects Supervisor (Animal Logic Film)

Jeff Prior

Set Construction

Ron Prior

Set Construction

Jocelyn Quioc

Assistant (To David Elfick)

Joe E. Rand

Music Editor

David Rhodes

Music Mixer

David Rhodes

Music Arranger

David Rhodes

Music Producer

Brian Samson

Jigalong Community Advisor

Roger Savage

Rerecording Mixer

Emma Schofield

1st Assistant Director

John Scott

Editor

Graham Shearer

Stills Photographer

Emile Sherman

Co-Executive Producer

Jonathan Shteinman

Co-Executive Producer

Julie Sims

Production Manager

Blair Slater

Adr Recording

Jane Smith

Production Accountant

Oliver Streeton

Title Design

Vicki Sugars

1st Assistant Director (2nd Unit)

Rebecca Summerton

Production Coordinator (2nd Unit)

Monica Swan

Tutor

Lindy Taylor

Travel Coordinator

Jeremy Thomas

Executive Producer

Jocelyn Thomas

Art Department Coordinator

Michael Thompson

Adr Recording

Lisa Tomasetti

Stills Photographer

Penny Tweedie

Stills Photographer

Simone Wajon

Hair Stylist

Simone Wajon

Makeup Artist

Bob Webb

Props Buyer

Rob Wilkins

Grip (2nd Unit)

Bill Willoughby

Horse Wrangler

John Winter

Producer

Kristin Witcombe

Script Supervisor

Andrew Wright

Adr Recording

Film Details

Also Known As
Le chemin de la liberté, chemin de la liberté
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2002
Production Company
Animal Logic; Animal Logic Fuel; Atlab-Gold Coast, Australia; Australian Film Commission (AFC); Hanway Films; Hanway Films; Moneypenny Services; Opticals & Graphics; Screen Australia; Screenwest; Showtime Networks; Soundfirm; South Australian Film Corporation (Safc); Spectrum Films
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX; A-Film Distribution; Arsenal Filmverleih; Bac Films Distribution; Becker Group Limited T/A Becker Entertainment; CinTart; Filmcoopi Zurich Ag; Golden Scene; Golden Village; Lauren Films; MIRAMAX; Norsk Filmdistribusjon; Polyfilm Verleih Gmbh; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International
Location
Adelaide, Australia; Flinders Ranges, South Australia, Australia

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 34m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall November 29, 2002

Expanded Release in United States December 25, 2002

Released in United States 2002

Released in United States November 2002

Based on a the true life story of Molly Craig. Author Doris Pilkington is Molly Craig's daughter.

Feature screenwriting debut for Christine Olsen.

Completed shooting November 4, 2000.

Began shooting September 18, 2000.

Released in United States Fall November 29, 2002

Expanded Release in United States December 25, 2002

Released in United States 2002 (Shown at Telluride Film Festival August 30 - September 2, 2002.)

Released in United States November 2002 (Shown at AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival (Special Screening) November 7-17, 2002.)

Winner (along with "The Quiet American") of the 2002 award for Best Director from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.