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* BoomerangBigot: The tough Aboriginal guard at the Moore River seems to genuinely despise his own culture.

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* BoomerangBigot: BoomerangBigot:
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The tough Aboriginal guard at the Moore River seems to genuinely despise his own culture.



* TeamMom: Molly, who has to do all the decisions for the other girls and reluctantly admits to carrying Gracie around when she can no longer walk.

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* TeamMom: TeamMom:
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Molly, who has to do all the decisions for the other girls and reluctantly admits to carrying Gracie around when she can no longer walk.


InspiredBy a true story, and based on the book written by the real Molly's daughter.

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InspiredBy a true story, and based on the book written by the real Molly's daughter.
daughter. Creator/KennethBranagh plays Mr. Neville.

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* DutchAngle: Used for Mr. Neville's office throughout.


Our protagonists are three "half-caste" Aborigine girls, 14-year-old Molly, her 8-year-old sister Daisy, and their cousin, 10-year-old Gracie. The three are taken from their mothers and put in one of the British/Australian government centers for aborigine children. It is on the opposite coast of the country from their home. Molly leads the other girls in an escape and they try to make their way home, following the "rabbit-proof" fence that runs all the way across Australia to protect the cattle grazing lands from the rabbits. The journey is hundreds of miles long, and there are skilled trackers following them.

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Our protagonists are three "half-caste" Aborigine girls, 14-year-old Molly, her 8-year-old sister Daisy, and their cousin, 10-year-old Gracie. The three are taken from their mothers and put in one of the British/Australian government centers for aborigine half-caste children. It is on the opposite coast of the country from their home. Molly leads the other girls in an escape and they try to make their way home, following the "rabbit-proof" fence that runs all the way across Australia to protect the cattle grazing lands from the rabbits. The journey is hundreds of miles long, and there are skilled trackers following them.


In early 20th century Australia, there was a common assumption that the Australian Aborigine population was dying out, and that the best thing that could be done for mixed children of one white parent was to round them up and make them wards of the state (it was also assumed that living among "cultured" white people as servants and laborers would be far better than living with one's family in a native village), the Australian government has rounded up mixed-race children of Australian Aborigines. They will become wards of the state, with the intention that these half-white children will eventually marry white Australians, and their descendants will lose all race of their Aboriginal heritage within a few generations.

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In early 20th century Australia, there was a common assumption under the (mistaken) impression that the Australian Aborigine Aboriginal population was dying out, and the government decided that the best thing that could be done for mixed mixed-race children of with one white and one Aboriginal parent was to round them up and make them wards of the state (it was also assumed that living among "cultured" white people as servants and laborers would be far better than living with one's family in a native village), the Australian government has rounded up mixed-race children of Australian Aborigines. They will become wards of the state, with the village). The intention was that these half-white children will would eventually marry white Australians, and their descendants will would lose all race traces of their Aboriginal heritage within a few generations.
generations.


The Australian government has rounded up children of Australian Aborigines. They will take care of them as if they were orphans, and as a bonus, they intend to wipe out the Australian Aborigine culture in the process. If no one passes it down, it'll go away.

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The In early 20th century Australia, there was a common assumption that the Australian Aborigine population was dying out, and that the best thing that could be done for mixed children of one white parent was to round them up and make them wards of the state (it was also assumed that living among "cultured" white people as servants and laborers would be far better than living with one's family in a native village), the Australian government has rounded up mixed-race children of Australian Aborigines. They will take care become wards of them as if they were orphans, the state, with the intention that these half-white children will eventually marry white Australians, and as their descendants will lose all race of their Aboriginal heritage within a bonus, they intend to wipe out the Australian Aborigine culture in the process. If no one passes it down, it'll go away.
few generations.


->''We’re here to help. Duty, service, responsibility. Those are our watchwords.''
-->--'''Mr. Neville''', the head of the Aboriginal internment program in Western Australia.

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->''We’re
->''"We're
here to help. Duty, service, responsibility. Those are our watchwords.''
-->--'''Mr.
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-->-- '''Mr.
Neville''', the head of the Aboriginal internment program in Western Australia.
Australia



* OpeningNarration: One by the real-life Molly no less, now in her old age.

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* OpeningNarration: OpeningMonologue: One by the real-life Molly no less, now in her old age.

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**The term being ever so ironic since this film takes place in Australia.


* NobodyPoops: Averted, as we are shown a bucket that is used in place of the toilet at the governmental facility, and even see it being poured out.

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* NobodyPoops: Averted, {{Averted}}, as we are shown a bucket that is used in place of the toilet at the governmental facility, and even see it being poured out.



* PunchClockVillain: Constable Riggs is sent to retrieve the children along with Moodoo. He pursues the girls because it's his job and doesn't care for the internment programs of the politics of his superiors. After traveling in the desert to little success he runs off after being spooked by the girl's mother, noting he isn't paid enough for this.
* ScaryBlackMan: Played straight with the Aboriginal guard at the internment center, who wakes the children by hammering at the walls with a crowbar. Subverted with Moodoo, a tough-looking tracker, who nevertheless only works for Neville because his daughter is also held at the Moore River.

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* PunchClockVillain: Constable Riggs is sent to retrieve the children along with Moodoo. He pursues the girls because it's his job and doesn't care for the internment programs of or the politics of his superiors. After traveling in the desert to little success he runs off after being spooked by the girl's mother, noting he isn't paid enough for this.
* ScaryBlackMan: Played straight {{Played straight}} with the Aboriginal guard at the internment center, who wakes the children by hammering at the walls with a crowbar. Subverted with Moodoo, a tough-looking tracker, who nevertheless only works for Neville because his daughter is also held at the Moore River.


* OpeningNarration – One by the real-life Molly no less, now in her old age.

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* OpeningNarration – OpeningNarration: One by the real-life Molly no less, now in her old age.


* DeliberateValuesDissonance – Just about everything Mr. Neville says when he justifies his actions. Check out the [[Quotes/RabbitProofFence quotes page for more.]]

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance – DeliberateValuesDissonance: Just about everything Mr. Neville says when he justifies his actions. Check out the [[Quotes/RabbitProofFence quotes page for more.]]



* YouAreNotAlone – The girls receive help at several points in the story. Usually it’s food, but at one point they get pointed towards the correct branch of the fence and at another point this help allows them to evade a trap set down the fence.

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* YouAreNotAlone – YouAreNotAlone: The girls receive help at several points in the story. Usually it’s food, but at one point they get pointed towards the correct branch of the fence and at another point this help allows them to evade a trap set down the fence.


''We’re here to help. Duty, service, responsibility. Those are our watchwords.''
--> ''' Mr. Neville, the head of the Aboriginal internment program in Western Australia.'''

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''We’re ->''We’re here to help. Duty, service, responsibility. Those are our watchwords.''
--> ''' Mr. Neville, -->--'''Mr. Neville''', the head of the Aboriginal internment program in Western Australia.'''
Australia.


* ILied: A man tells Gracie that her mother is in Miluna. Gracie believes him. [[spoiler:[[BittersweetEnding Things don't end well for her]].]]
** This could have been unintentionally, as it was a rumor Mr. Neville spread. The man could have believed it was true...

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* ILied: A man tells Gracie that her mother is in Miluna. Gracie believes him. [[spoiler:[[BittersweetEnding Things don't end well It's a trap and she's taken back.]] Riggs promises the man a shilling for her]].]]
** This could have been unintentionally, as it was a rumor Mr. Neville spread. The man could have believed it was true...
his assistance]].



* MoneyDearBoy: The white driver who is sent to assist Moodoo in the girls’ capture couldn’t care less about them and the good internment is supposed to do them. He eventually leaves the trap, saying: let’s go, they aren’t paying us enough for this.



* PunchClockVillain: Constable Riggs is sent to retrieve the children along with Moodoo. He pursues the girls because it's his job and doesn't care for the internment programs of the politics of his superiors. After traveling in the desert to little success he runs off after being spooked by the girl's mother, noting he isn't paid enough for this.



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The Australian government has rounded up children of Australian aborigines. They will take care of them as if they were orphans, and as a bonus, they intend to wipe out the Australian aborigine culture in the process. If no one passes it down, it'll go away.

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''We’re here to help. Duty, service, responsibility. Those are our watchwords.''
--> ''' Mr. Neville, the head of the Aboriginal internment program in Western Australia.'''

The Australian government has rounded up children of Australian aborigines. Aborigines. They will take care of them as if they were orphans, and as a bonus, they intend to wipe out the Australian aborigine Aborigine culture in the process. If no one passes it down, it'll go away.






* BittersweetEnding

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* BittersweetEndingBittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Molly and Daisy have managed to reach their families, but Gracie was caught and never returned there. Plus, Molly was caught again a decade later with her young daughter and had to trek all the way back again.]]
* BoomerangBigot: The tough Aboriginal guard at the Moore River seems to genuinely despise his own culture.



* DeliberateValuesDissonance

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* DeliberateValuesDissonanceButNotTooBlack: Used as an ''operation principle'' by Mr. Neville and the facility’s managers. If a child’s skin is light enough, they’re considered smarter and are thus sent to the normal school to receive proper education.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance – Just about everything Mr. Neville says when he justifies his actions. Check out the [[Quotes/RabbitProofFence quotes page for more.]]
* DystopiaIsHard: Brought up in the discussion between Mr. Neville and the WA police chief, who mentions that the department simply doesn’t have the resources to spend on the long-term hunt in remote outback for girls who have committed no violent crime.



* DisappearedDad: The children's fathers are mentioned but is nowhere to be found in this film.

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* DisappearedDad: The children's fathers are mentioned but is are nowhere to be found in this film.film.
* EyeAwaken: Used at one point in the desert, after Molly collapses from heat exhaustion.
* FlashbackEffects: Used during the first night at the centre, when Molly remembers all that has happened to them and decides that they have to leave the place. The moments she remembers are all blurred and sepia-toned.



* MamaBear: Molly and Daisy's mother [[spoiler:scares Riggs off at the end by simply walking towards him with a spear.]]
* OpeningNarration
* PromotionToParent: Happens to Molly
* TeamMom: Molly

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* KnightTemplar: Mr. Neville and the nuns at the center genuinely believe that what they’re doing is right and will help the Aboriginals by advancing them into the white race through controlling their marriages.
* MamaBear: Molly and Daisy's mother [[spoiler:scares [[spoiler: scares Riggs off at the end by simply walking towards him with a spear.]]
*MoneyDearBoy: The white driver who is sent to assist Moodoo in the girls’ capture couldn’t care less about them and the good internment is supposed to do them. He eventually leaves the trap, saying: let’s go, they aren’t paying us enough for this.
* OpeningNarration
NobodyPoops: Averted, as we are shown a bucket that is used in place of the toilet at the governmental facility, and even see it being poured out.
* OpeningNarration – One by the real-life Molly no less, now in her old age.
* POVCam: Used to great effect when Molly slowly walks towards Mr. Neville in a test if her skin is fair enough to be sent to regular school.
* PromotionToParent: Happens to Molly
Molly when they escape, as she is forced to be the one to make the decisions.
* ScaryBlackMan: Played straight with the Aboriginal guard at the internment center, who wakes the children by hammering at the walls with a crowbar. Subverted with Moodoo, a tough-looking tracker, who nevertheless only works for Neville because his daughter is also held at the Moore River.
* TeamMom: MollyMolly, who has to do all the decisions for the other girls and reluctantly admits to carrying Gracie around when she can no longer walk.



* TraumaticHaircut: Happens to Olive after she's brought back to Moor River.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Molly in spades.
* YouAreNotAlone
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Moodoo technically could, but he won't leave his daughter.
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* TraumaticHaircut: Happens to Olive after she's brought back to Moor River.
River and whipped.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Molly in spades.
spades. She initiates the escape and manages to make 1500 miles on foot through the outback, while caring for the other two girls.
* YouAreNotAlone
YouAreNotAlone – The girls receive help at several points in the story. Usually it’s food, but at one point they get pointed towards the correct branch of the fence and at another point this help allows them to evade a trap set down the fence.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Moodoo Moodoo, the Aboriginal tracker, technically could, but he won't leave his daughter.
daughter behind.

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* {{Wise beyond their years}}: Molly in spades.

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* {{Wise beyond their years}}: WiseBeyondTheirYears: Molly in spades.

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