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Rabbit Proof Fence

Year: 2002
Director: Phillip Noyce
Cast: Kenneth Brannagh, David Gulpilil, Garry McDonald, Evelyn Sampi
After all the buildup about what a heart wrenching story this was, everything had pretty much been told in the trailers and buzz that accompanied its popularity, and you can't help feeling that political correctness drove most of its success.

In other terms, there were no surprises. Three Aboriginal girls, taken from their homeland under the Protection Act that displaced so many of them in the 19th century, escape from their assigned camp and walk all the way back home to the north of Western Australia.

It was well done and the three girls do a fantastic job, but once you know what it's about, there's really no need to see it, if other than to remind us of what our ancestors all did to each other. And frankly, I find it hard to take any movie seriously that uses Comic Sans for its end titles.

In a very interesting afterthought, Sydney Morning Herald journalist Paul Sheehan in his book The Electronic Whorehouse disputed the entire Bringing Them Home report upon which most of the stolen generation institution is based. He even claimed that (in an ironic twist), several of the young girls - who had no interest in being in a movie (it was their parents' idea) - ran away from the production and had t be "retrieved" several times.

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