Rabbit Proof Fence

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In “Rabbit Proof Fence” directed by Phillip Noyce, the main themes in the film are the loss of a home and family and the strong bond with family. From the scene depicting Molly, Gracie and Daisy’s journey back home, the audience observes the struggle they face as they travel 1500 miles through unfamiliar territory to return to their land, their homes and families. It reveals Molly’s ambition to return to her Mother. Phillip Noyce conveys this to the viewers by the use of camera angles and editing.

The scene of Molly and Daisy final steps towards Jigalong is presented through the use of different camera angles. Bird’s eye view on the two sisters as they lie on the ground, collapsed by the tiredness and extreme hot weather, the camera zooms in closer each second on them. This angle shot shows the importance of the two, their strong bond kept them through the journey coming all the way to return into the presence of a mother. It emphasizes the determination and bravery the sisters have as they struggle to get back up, it gives a sense of closeness and value of family.

Another camera angle is the long shot of the girls as they are walking towards Jigalong, it show the effects it has on them while they are walking along the Rabbit Proof Fence, it constructs the idea of heartache and depression of being separated from their family, their long journey to home proves what human spirit can accomplish, they are determined to return to their mother. The long shot also shows the distance to home. The slow motion comes in as they begin to breakdown onto the ground, struggle to pull themselves up, the journey home had affected them emotionally and physically.

Close-up shots of Molly’s face reveals her emotions as you could truly see the pain she faces. The sweat pours down her face as she sits on the ground, it has been edited and shown in slow motion, the effect shows the strength of will and her desert survival skills had helped from living in the outback she had...
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