Rabbit Proof Fence Essay

Question: Explain how the film "Rabbit Proof Fence" shows the tragic experiences of those belonging to the Stolen Generations.

INTRODUCTION:  “Rabbit Proof Fence”” is based on the true story and experiences of three young aboriginal girls, Molly, Gracie and Daisy, who were forcibly taken from their families in Jigalong, Western Australia, in 1931. The girls were taken away to be trained as domestic servants at the Moore River Settlement, north of Perth. Led by 14 year old Molly, the girls travel over 1200 miles to their land, homes and families.

Paragraph 1: topic sentence.

The Moore River Settlement is an institution whose aim is to train half caste Aboriginals. When Molly, Gracie and Daisy first arrive they are confused and terrified.....

Evidence and examples from the film.  Provide 2 -3 specific examples which show what happened to the girls at this institution - the other girls, punishments, rules etc.

Reflect: what was the film maker trying to show us about these

 types of institutions that half caste children were sent to?















Paragraph 2: topic sentence: Molly decides to escape. On the journey home to Jigalong, the girls encounter many problems just to survive the harsh terrain and the conditions. Molly is very resourceful .....






Evidence and examples: Provide 2-3 examples of how Molly outwits the tracker, covers their tracks, follows the rabbit proof fence and finds their way home.

Reflect: what was so amazing about this journey?
















Paragraph 3: topic sentence: One scene in the film which is particularly moving or disturbing is ......







Describe in detail ONE scene from the film and comment on its effectiveness.

Reflect: How did this scene make you feel about the girls?
















Paragraph 4:topic sentence: The overall message of the film was ....

Explain what you think the message or purpose of the film was.

Reflect: did the film clearly and accurately convey the issue of the

Stolen Generation as we have studied in class?














Conclusion: Provide your opinion of the film.

Explain what you enjoyed about it – provide 1-2 specific examples.

Reflect: what can this film teach and show us about the issue of

the Stolen Generation?