Rabbit Proof Fence- 2002 Phillip Noyce
How does Rabbit-Proof Fence explore the concept of journeys? Introduction
The Film Rabbit-Proof Fence directed by Phillip Noyce in 2002 explores the concept of journeys through the telling of the story of three girls as they are captured and sent to the Moore River Native Settlement in Outback Australia. The three girls dually escape and set off on a 1600km trek, guided by the Rabbit Proof Fence back to Jigalong to be reunited with their family. The ideas that are presented in the film are that that not all journeys are undertaken through choice and that it’s the journey, not the destination that matters in the end. Main Body
Key Idea 1- journeys may present obstacles and challenges
The idea that that not all journeys are undertaken through choice is explored in the film Rabbit-Proof Fence by Phillip Noyce through the use of a range of filming techniques which define the girls’ feelings of fear and distress that they were experiencing as they were being taken away from their families. When the vehicle arrived to take the children away, long camera shots were used to demonstrate the impending danger that the girls were in. Fast tracking shots were also used when the police officer chased the girls and their mother’s before he forcefully captured them. These shots convey the physical stress of the ordeal upon the girls and their family. The motif of hands was also used in the scene when the girls were in the car and were hitting on the windows. The hands depict their distress and symbolise their ineffective efforts to return to their loved ones.