The three young stars are all aborigines, untrained actors, and Noyce is skilled at the way he evokes their thoughts and feelings. Narration helps fill gaps and supplies details that cannot be explained onscreen. The end of the journey is not the same for all three girls, and there is more heartbreak ahead, which would be wrong for me to reveal. But I must say this. The final scene of the film contains an appearance and a revelation of astonishing emotional power; not since the last shots of " Schindler's List " have I been so overcome with the realization that real people, in recent historical times, had to undergo such inhumanity.
If you can hunt down Darlene Johnson’s documentary Following the Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) – released on earlier DVD versions of the film, but not included on the current edition – it serves as an instructive insight into the behind-the-scenes processes and philosophies. Equally, Australian Film Classics’ book Rabbit-Proof Fence, written by 2011 NSW Australian of the year Larissa Bernhardt, is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in delving beneath the film’s surface. Bernhardt, herself an Indigenous author who’s written two novels centring on the stolen generations, writes with warmth and intelligence, analysing in detail the film’s themes, history and aesthetics.