Rabbit-Proof Fence (film)

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Rabbit-Proof Fence is a 2002 Australian drama film based on the book Follow The Rabbit Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington Garimara. It concerns three mixed-race Aboriginal girls, who run away from the Moore River Native Settlement, north of Perth, in which they were placed in 1931, in order to return to their Aboriginal families. The film follows the girls as they trek for nine weeks along 1,500 miles (2414km) of the Australian rabbit-proof fence to return to their community at Jigalong while being tracked by a white authority figure and a black tracker.

Directed by Phillip Noyce. Written by Doris Pilkington (book) and Christine Olsen.
Follow Your Heart, Follow The Fence (taglines)

Molly Craig

  • This is a true story - story of my sister Daisy, my cousin Gracie and me when we were little. Our people, the Jigalong mob, we were desert people then, walking all over our land. My mum told me about how the white people came to our country. They made a storehouse here at Jigalong - brought clothes and other things - flour, tobacco, tea. Gave them to us on ration day. We came there, made a camp nearby. They were building a long fence.


  • This girl is clever. She wants to go home.

A.O. Neville

  • If only they would understand what we are trying to do for them.
  • I'm authorising their removal.
  • The continuing infiltration of white blood finally stamps out the black colour.

Constable Riggs

  • It's the law, Maude. Got no say in it.

Miss Jessop

  • This is your new home. We don't use that jabber here. You speak English.
    • In response to Gracie conversing in her native language.


  • If you were kidnapped by the government, would you walk the 1500 miles back home?
  • When the government kidnaps your children, you don't expect to see them again.
  • If the government tore you away from your family, would you walk the 1500 miles back home?
  • 1500 Miles Is A Long Way Home
  • Follow Your Heart, Follow The Fence
  • The True Story of a Family That Defied a Nation.
  • A daring escape. An epic journey. The true story of 3 girls who walked 1500 miles to find their way home.
  • Based on a True Story
  • What if the government kidnapped your daughter?


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