Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] NMOC: Rabbit Proof Fence

Dan Brunner dmanwi@yahoo.com
Wed, 19 Mar 2003 08:20:24 -0800 (PST)

And Peter Gabriel wrote the soundtrack.

--- Randy Van Vliet <bigdaddyrv@yahoo.com> wrote:
> I was traveling last week, staying in a the
> Fairfield
> Inn at Newark airport (spooty 1-9!), and was
> scanning
> the pay movies and, much to my surprise, Rabbit
> Proof
> Fence was on.  This is not the typical hotel movie
> selection.  I knew the basic subject (the 'stolen
> generations') but I wasn't sure what to expect.  
> I was blown away!  The story is probably not too
> unusual from others except that these two girls made
> it, but the emotions and the insight into the era
> were
> outstanding.  I fell in love with those 3 girls
> almost
> from the moment we first meet them, not because they
> are cute (they are) but because of who they are and
> what they represent.  You can see character there as
> well as a very natural presence and they are very
> uncomplicated.  If these children were born under
> other circumstances or to other parents, they
> clearly
> would have bright futures ahead of them.  
> Kenneth Branagh did a great job, although I imagine
> he
> must have hated the role of the bigoted, racist, god
> complex-ed bureaucrat.  (the scene where he is
> giving
> the slide show to the group of women, it almost made
> mu stomach turn).  The "taking of the girls" scene
> broke my heart.  I was also very impressed with the
> treatment of the rural homesteaders.  The first
> White
> lady who gave them food, shoes and coats and the
> other
> ones who lent them aid.  It shows that not all
> Australians cared, or maybe even knew about, the
> "problem".  It reminded me of my time in Northern
> Canada where almost everyone will help our anyone
> who
> is in distress, particularly in the winter.  It
> shows
> a much more humanitarian side of people to lend
> mutual
> aid.  
> Anyway, if you haven't seen it yet, see it.  It's
> not
> a good date movie because it will make you think,
> but
> it certainly is worth an hour and a half of your
> time.
> If anyone knows more about the story, I have a few
> questions:
> What happened to Gracie?  Did she just go back to
> Moore River and back into the pipeline?
> Did they take only Half-Castes or did they take full
> aboriginals?
> Was this just a WA thing, the removal of the
> Half-Castes, or did it happen all over Australia?
> Were there many Half Caste boys involved, or did
> they
> not stay around the whatever the Australian term for
> Reservations is?  
> What finally made them stop?
> Any idea how many Half-Caste children there were? 
> Were interracial marriages very common?  
> Thanks for your help, 
> Randy
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