Rabbit-Proof Fence

Tianna Sansbury as Daisy, Laura Monaghan as Gracie and Everlyn Sampi as Molly walking hand in hand across a salt flat.
Title:
Rabbit-Proof Fence
NFSA ID:
534077
Year:
2002
Courtesy:
Phillip Noyce
Category:
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following clip may contain images and voices of deceased persons
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This portrait featuring Tianna Sansbury as Daisy, Laura Monaghan as Gracie and Everlyn Sampi as Molly, poignantly conveys the physical and emotional journey in the film Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce, Australia, 2002).

The image was captured by photographer Matt Nettheim between takes while the girls were still in costume.

Daisy and Gracie are led forward hand-in-hand by the eldest girl Molly, representing the unbreakable bond between family and their determination to return home to country.

Director Phillip Noyce remarked that despite being amateur child actors, these girls were perfect for the role as he could see 'the history, the heartache, the struggles and the triumphs of Indigenous Australia in each one of them'.

The film is based on the book Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Molly's daughter, Doris Pilkington Garimara.

It introduced many people to the concept of the 'stolen generations’: Aboriginal children who were removed from their families as the result of government policies.

Photographer:
Matt Nettheim