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Remember this film is not a documentary but a dramatised version of historical events. Teaching the Concept of Perspective Is Rabbit-Proof Fence good history? Discuss: Name examples of recent films based on real events, people and situations. How much licence should a filmmaker have when making a film based on real events or people, to adapt the story in order to make it more entertaining or accessible or mainstream, as opposed to a documentary? Research: On page 15 is an article by journalist Andrew Bolt, who sets out what he sees as significant inaccuracies or distortions in the film. This is followed by a letter to the newspaper by the film’s scriptwriter and co-producer, Christine Olsen, who challenges Bolt’s arguments, and says he has distorted and misrepresented the situation. Group activity: Read the articles and the differing perspectives of Bolt and Olsen on pages 15 - 18. Break into groups and each look at one or two of these more detailed comments about the film. Report to the class so everyone can fill in the table on page 19. 0 Watch: Interview with Director Phillip Noyce about Rabbit-Proof Fence on the Movie Show, SBS-TV, February 20, 2002 8 : 8. SBS-TV Movie Show- Interview with Phillip Noyce, director of Rabbit-Proof Fence. The Movie Show Episode 01 2002
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Rabbit-Proof Fence Page 15 9. Article: Rabbit-proof myths, Herald Sun, 14 February 2002, Andrew Bolt 10. Letter to the Herald Sun, 2 March 2002, Christine Olsen Two perspectives on history The filmmaker Letter to the Herald Sun, 2 March 2002 From Rabbit-Proof Fence Writer, Christine Olsen 10 Andrew Bolt (Herald Sun, 14 Feb 2002) wants to demolish the truth behind the film, Rabbit-Proof Fence , by either selectively quoting or misquoting from some of the historical records available about Molly Craig’s remarkable story. Molly’s story has indeed been extremely well documented by Mr Neville, The Chief Protector of Aborigines in Western Australia at the time. Andrew Bolt’s main argument is that Molly, Daisy and Gracie were not removed from Jigalong because of Mr Neville’s plan to ‘breed out the Aborigine’ but to remove them from squalid aboriginal camps for their own good. Yours sincerely, Christine Olsen, writer/co-producer Rabbit-Proof Fence The critic Rabbit-proof myths (extract) Herald Sun, 14 February 2002 By Andrew Bolt 9 The truth of Australia’s past is hard enough to face, and untruths and exaggerations now will only divide us. Phillip Noyce claims his new film, Rabbit-Proof Fence , is a true story. The Hollywood director’s publicity blurb repeats the boast: ‘A true story.’ Even the first spoken words in the hyped film, which opens next week, are: “This is a true story”.
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