Rabbit Proof Fence: Press
Rabbit Proof Fence

Rabbit Proof Fence

DVD/Blu-ray Review from The Baltimore Sun, 24 May 2011

Review from The Visalia Times-Delta, 18 April 2003

Review from The Washington Times, 26 December 2002

Review from Empire, UK, December 2002

Review from Who Weekly, 11 March 2002

Review from Dark Horizons, February 2002

Reviews from Urbancinefile.com, February 2002

Three short 'pre-premiere' articles, February 2002

Article from Who, Australia, 17 December 2001

Article from Empire, Australia, August 2001

Ananova, 25 August 2002

Branagh Film Wins Edinburgh Audience Prize

Kenneth Branagh's new film has won the Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Rabbit Proof Fence won the prize which is voted for by audiences.

It's based on the true story of three young aboriginal girls who were taken from their family and forced to assimilate into white society.

Last year's winner was Amelie and in the past it's also been won by The Full Monty and Billy Elliot.

Rabbit Proof Fence

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Links to other articles:
Raw Material, theage.com.au, 1 February 2002

Film Forces Australia to Face Its Cruel Past, The Observer, 10 February 2002

An Interview with Philip Noyce, Urbancinefile.com, February 2002

Noyce's 'Fence' Corrals Brave Aussie Tykes , Reuters/Variety, 20 February 2002

Walkabout to Freedom, The Observer, 27 October 2002

Kenneth Branagh snippets from Rabbit-Proof Fence Reviews

From The Mail on Sunday, 10 November 2002
Matthew Bond
"November has clearly been decreed Kenneth Branagh month. Next weekend he'll be all sweeping robes and towering vanity as the flamboyant Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. But this week, in the unpromisingly title but stunningly effective Australian film Rabbit-Proof Fence, he serves up a quiet reminder of what a superb actor he can be. But although the children of the Moore River Native Settlement call (Neville) Mr Devil, thanks to Branagh and Noyce that is never how we think of him. He's a meticulous but misguided bureaucrat who sees nothing strange about his position as legal guardian to ever young Aborigine in the state."

From the Sunday Express, 10 November 2002
Henry Fitzherbert
"By coincidence the week brings another movie in which Kenneth Branagh acts alongside a trio of children. But what a contrast. This is a heartbreaking true story that will have you screaming at the injustice meted out to Aborigines in Australia. Branagh proves his versatility playing AO Neville, British Chief Protector of Aborigines in Western Australia in the Thirties. Neville is no colonial caricature, however, but a man convinced he is doing the right thing."

From The Observer, 10 November 2002
Philip French
"There is also a chilling performance by Kenneth Branagh as A.O. Neville, the chief protector of Aborigines for Western Australian, who goes about his business with the detached thoroughness of the character called 'The Jew Detector' in Max Frisch's play Andorra."

From The Sunday Telegraph, 10 November 2002
Jenny McCartney
"Kenneth Branagh gives a finely-judged performance as Neville. Obsessed by the racial theories of the era, and believing that he is 'helping' haslf-caste children, Neville seems blind to the inhumanity of his actions. This works well in the film, which would have been unbalanced by the presence of a crude villain."

From The Independent on Sunday, 10 November 2002
Nicholas Barber
"Last year in The Conspiracy (sic), Kenneth Branagh played Rienhard Heydrich, the SS officer who pushed through the Final Solution at the Wannsee Conference. In Rabbit-Proof Fence, Branagh is back as A O Neville, a British-born official who was Chief Protector of Aborigines in Western Australia between 1915 abd 1940. Shockingly, there are parallels between the men. Branagh plays the eugenicist as a headmasterly bureaucrat, certain that he's acting in everyone's best interests, even as he refuses to let one aborigine buy new shoes and refuses to let another, who is 'becoming quite agitated' see her daughter. It's such a tantalising portrait that we want to know more about him."
(All above, thanks Catherine)