Rabbit Proof Fence

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Advanced English Preliminary; Area of Study - Journeys

Good morning/good afternoon Ms. Bateman & classmates. The related text that I have chosen to associate with journeys is the film, Rabbit Proof Fence directed by Phillip Noyce. The film relates to the journey concept as it is based on a true story of three Aboriginal girls who were forcibly removed from their mothers in 1931 to a settlement 2000 kilometres away, where the Aboriginal children were forced to accept & adapt to the Australian way of life. They escaped & walked for 9 weeks along the rabbit proof fence which was their only guide to return home to be reunited with their families. Now I will be giving you examples of how this film explores the journeys concept.

Firstly the title ‘Rabbit Proof Fence’ in itself is a metaphor showing the barrier between the Indigenous Aborigines and the White Australians. This gives the audience a slight idea of the conflict between the two races which portrays the area of study, journeys. In addition, the camera technique uses many wide shots. Many of the wide shots used in this film show the dry, barren land the three girls walk through to get home. Wide shots are used to reveal the setting of which the characters in the film are moving through. An example of when a wide shot and a long shot was used is the view of the rabbit proof fence fading in the distance to represent the journey of the long distance ahead. This emphasizes the harsh environment of the Australian desert and how difficult the journey they’re taking is. The poem ‘Journey: The North Coast’ by Robert Gray talks about his journey back home to the North Coast. This poem is an Australian poem in which being similar to ‘Rabbit Proof Fence’ being an Australian film. The poem gives references back to the country and in ways it is similar to the film where the setting is in outback Australia.

The challenges and difficulties faced in this journey are captured through the director’s choice of strong...
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