Rabbit-Proof Fence


Rabbit-Proof Fence

Australian drama set in the 1930s about three mixed-race girls taken from their mother by the government and sent to a training camp for domestic workers. Kenneth Branagh stars.


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WOMAN SPEAKS IN ABORIGINAL LANGUAGE

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BIRD CALLS

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BIRD CALLS

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CHILDREN LAUGH

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Grrr!

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THEY LAUGH

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-That's them.

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Yeah.

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-Molly's the big one.

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-The little one's

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-her sister Daisy.

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-The middle one's

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-their cousin Gracie.

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Well, what about the fathers?

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Moved on.

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CHILDREN SHOUT EXCITEDLY

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-WOMAN:

-Bring it here.

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CLOCK BELL CHIMES

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KNOCK AT DOOR

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-WOMAN:

-The next batch.

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Nothing out of the ordinary.

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There's two applications for section 63 exemptions.

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Police reports are there.

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William Harris is applying for permission to marry.

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She's half-caste also.

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And Mary Wilson's applying

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for permission to visit her child at Moore River.

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She's quite agitated.

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Oh, and Gladys Phillips

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has written for permission to buy some new shoes.

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She had a new pair a year ago.

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Er, now, this report from Constable Riggs

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about three little half-caste girls

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at the Jigalong fence depot - Molly, Gracie and Daisy.

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The youngest is of particular concern.

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She is promised to a full-blood.

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I'm authorising their removal.

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They're to be taken to Moore River as soon as possible.

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Oh, and Miss Thomas,

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if you could check that the rate for police transportation

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is still, I believe, eight pence per mile.

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-Yes, Mr Neville.

-Thank you.

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RINGS CHIME

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EERIE SILENCE

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DOGS BARK

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That country over there, that's Wongi country.

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You can't go there.

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You get big trouble.

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Yeah, I know.

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Where your country?

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My country?

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Down south.

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Long way from here.

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Our dad works there on the rabbit fence.

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Yeah?

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How far does rabbit fence go to?

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The rabbit-proof fence?

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It goes all the way to the sea down that way.

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Right to the top of Australia.

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Longest fence in the world.

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And all the way to the sea down that way.

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1,500 miles long.

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Keeps the rabbits on that side of the fence.

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Keeps the farmland on this side of the fence.

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That Molly's getting to be a big girl.

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Mr Neville's been writing to me about those girls, you know.

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Frankie...

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Come on, it's your turn.

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Come and get your rations.

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-ANIMAL BELLOWS

-Hurry up.

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CAR APPROACHES

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CAMEL BELLOWS

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DRAMATIC MUSIC

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WOMEN YELL

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WOMEN SHOUT

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Come for the three girls, Maude.

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NO!

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This is my kids! MINE!

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-It's the law, Maude.

-SCREAMS:

-No!

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-Got no say in it.

-No! Mine!

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ALL YELL

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Move one inch and I'll lock your mother up!

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Neville's their legal guardian.

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MOLLY: Get away from us! Go!

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No!

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Daisy!

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-CRIES:

-Give me back my Daisy!

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You sit up and you stay!

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-I've got the papers, Maude!

-SHE SCREAMS

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-Don't take them! No!

-You've got no say in it!

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-SCREAMS:

-No!

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SHE CRIES

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Hear this - don't move!

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WAILING

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Nothing you can do here, old girl!

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-WOMAN SPEAKS ABORIGINAL LANGUAGE

-Nothing you can do.

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MAUDE SCREAMS: Leave them!

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CHILD WAILS

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MUSIC INTENSIFIES

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SILENCE

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WOMEN WAIL

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NEVILLE: As you know, every Aborigine born in this State

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comes under my control.

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Notice, if you will, the half-caste child.

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And there are ever-increasing numbers of them.

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Now, what is to happen to them?

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Are we to allow the creation of an unwanted third race?

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Should coloureds be encouraged to go back to the black?

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Or should they be advanced to white status

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and be absorbed in the white population?

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Now, time and again, I'm asked by some white man,

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"If I marry this coloured person,

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"will our children be black?"

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And as Chief Protector of Aborigines,

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it is my responsibility

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to accept or reject those marriages.

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Here is the answer.

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Three generations.

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Half-blood grandmother.

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Quadroon daughter.

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Octoroon grandson.

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Now, as you can see, in the third generation,

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or third cross,

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no trace of native origin is apparent.

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The continuing infiltration of white blood

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finally stamps out the black colour.

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The Aboriginal has simply been bred out.

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Now...

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..we come to...

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We come to the Moore River Native Settlement.

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Ladies, most of you are familiar with our work here -

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the training of domestic servants and farm labourers.

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I would like to thank you for your continuing support.

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Hundreds of half-caste children

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have been gathered up and brought here

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to be given the benefit

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of everything our culture has to offer.

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For if we are to fit and train such children for the future,

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they cannot be left as they are.

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And, in spite of himself,

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the native must be helped.

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LOUD CLANGING

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WOMEN HUM

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TRAIN RATTLES

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TRUCK RATTLES

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Hello, there.

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-ALL GASP WHISPERS:

-A ghost!

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HAUNTING MUSIC

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Poor dears.

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Such a long way. You must be exhausted.

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Come along - I'll take you straight to the dormitory.

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Quickly. It's all right.

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Come on.

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Down you hop.

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Come along.

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Follow me.

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Come along.

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Follow me, please.

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That's the way.

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HAUNTING MUSIC

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Come along.

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There's some beds there.

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The bucket's in the corner.

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Hurry up.

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WHISPERING

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Back to sleep, the rest of you.

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No talking.

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SILENCE

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CLANGING

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KNOCKING

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BELL RINGS

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-GIRL SHOUTS:

-Get up!

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All of youse! Make your beds!

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Hurry up!

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Irene, Cheryl, stop running around.

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Get them blankets tidy.

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What's your name?

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Where you from?

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-ALL GIGGLE

-You'll get used to it.

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Tracker girl, get that bucket. Take it out now!

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What are you standing there dreamin' about?

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Hurry up!

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Move!

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Get out to breakfast now!

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Come on!

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Go, all of you!

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Come on.

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You coming?

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Thank you, children. Ready for our prayers.

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Bow your heads.

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Eyes closed.

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ALL: Thank you For the food we eat

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Thank you for the world so sweet

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Thank you for the birds that sing

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Thank you, God, for everything.

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There will be no talking.

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SPEAKS ABORIGINAL LANGUAGE

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-BANG!

-We'll have no wangka here!

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You talk English!

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Now eat!

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EAT! Or I'll hold your nose and force it down you!

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Here. Keep still.

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We've got to scrub you.

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Let me see.

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Doesn't that feel better?

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-Yes, Miss Jessop.

-Yes, Miss Jessop.

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-Thank you, Miss Jessop.

-Thank you, Miss Jessop.

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That is much better.

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Here.

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Take it.

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Put these on.

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Come on. Get dressed.

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This is your new home. We don't use that jabber here.

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You speak English.

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CHILDREN SING: # Way down Upon the Swanee river

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# Far, far away

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# There's where my heart is turning ever

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# There's where the old folks stay... #

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WHISPERS: What are they doing?

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Singing Mr Devil's favourite song.

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Who?

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Singing Mr Devil's favourite song.

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Who's that?

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The one on the end, on the chair.

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# ..longing for the old plantation

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# And for the old folks at home. #

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Very good. Well done.

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The following children will come forward -

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Tommy Grant.

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This way, Tommy. Here.

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Come on. Stand up straight.

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-Whoo, hold, boy.

-Tommy.

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What are they doing now?

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They checkin' for the fair ones.

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Why?

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They gotta take them to Sister Kate's.

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They're more clever than us.

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They can go to proper school.

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Thank you. No.

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Molly Craig.

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That you.

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-Molly Craig!

-Go on, get up.

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Hurry up, they'll whip you.

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-Molly, come on, dear.

-Get up.

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-Quick.

-Come on, young lady.

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They'll put you in the boob, hurry up.

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Come on.

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Just Molly, please.

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Where you goin'? Come back here.

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-Sit down.

-Hurry up.

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Come along.

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It's all right.

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That's the way.

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Don't be afraid.

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Come along.

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Come on, I'm not going to hurt you.

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See.

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A bit further.

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That's it.

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It's Molly, isn't it?

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I know it all feels very strange,

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but after a few days you'll feel quite at home.

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BREATHES HEAVILY

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We're here to help,

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and encourage you in this new world.

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Duty, service, responsibility.

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Those are our watchwords.

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-Molly, keep still.

-It's all right, it's all right.

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It's all right.

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No.

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BABY CRIES

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Over here. Sweep it over here.

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To the door.

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Come on, this way.

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Push it towards me.

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Eh, tracker's come back.

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Eh, tracker girl.

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Your dad's bringin' Olive back.

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Catched her.

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DIDGERIDOO PLAYS

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Thank you, Moodoo. Stand there, young lady.

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Did you really think you'd get away with it?

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-GIRL WHIMPERS

-Now stop that crying.

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See what Miss Doyle has here?

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Olive, look at me.

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You see this here? The scissors?

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Did she run away home?

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She ran away to see her boyfriend.

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-DOG YELPS

-Come on.

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Let's see if those boys at New Norcia

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find you so attractive now.

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-GIRL WHIMPERS

-Go.

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DOG YELPS

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-WHIPS OLIVE REPEATEDLY

-Argh! Argh!

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She broke out through here.

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Usual story - off to see her boyfriend at New Norcia.

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-Mmm.

-The tracker brought her back.

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Ah, yes, Moodoo.

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Mr Neal tells me that your probation period is up,

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and that you wish to return to the Kimberleys, is that right?

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Of course, your daughter is here, isn't she?

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There would be no question of her going.

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She would have to stay here and continue her training.

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I think for the time being,

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it would be best for all concerned

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if you were to remain here, Moodoo.

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I'd be prepared to consider your case in a year or so,

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but, er, until then...

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Now, about those little ones from Kalgoorlie.

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Those babies - where their mothers?

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They got no mothers.

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Nobody here got any mothers.

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I got mother.

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Come on, they're lining up. Let's go.

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BELL RINGS

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WHIMPERS

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SOBS AND WHIMPERS

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WHISPERS: Bad place.

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Make me sick.

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These people.

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Sick.

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Make me sick.

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-BELL RINGS

-Come on, make your beds!

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Nice and tidy!

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If you've already done it, get to the church now.

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Hurry up!

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Stop dawdling.

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Molly, take the bucket out.

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Now, the three of you, go up to the church.

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Come on, you kids, get up there, you're late!

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Hurry up!

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Now! Now!

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BELL RINGS

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THUNDER CRACKS AND RUMBLES

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Come on, get your things. We're going!

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Where we going?

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We're going home, to Mother.

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How we gonna get there?

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Walk.

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We're not going. Are we, Daisy?

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We like it here.

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That tracker, he's gonna get us and put us in that room.

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They're not gonna get us.

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We'll just keep walking. The rain'll cover our tracks.

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We gotta go now.

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Come on. Quick.

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Come on.

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Come on, Gracie. Now.

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-Too far, Molly.

-Hurry up.

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-CHILDREN SING:

-# He made their tiny wings

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# All things bright and beautiful

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# All creatures great and small... #

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DIDGERIDOO PLAYS

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INTENSE MUSIC

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KOOKABURRA CALLS

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Come on, let's go!

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-Irene Barton.

-Here.

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-Ellie Moodoo.

-Here.

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Molly Craig.

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Molly Craig?

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Molly Craig?

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Gracie Fields.

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Daisy Kadibil.

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Nina, have you seen the new girls?

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Haven't seen 'em all day, miss.

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LAUGHTER

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MEN SPEAK ABORIGINAL LANGUAGE

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-PUFFING:

-Mr... Mr Neville says you better come real quick.

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SPEAKS ABORIGINAL LANGUAGE

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THUNDER RUMBLES

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THUNDER CRACKS

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HORSE NEIGHS

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MOLLY CHUCKLES

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That's two days ago, Mr Neal.

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Yes, I understand, but I require to be kept fully informed.

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Thank you. Goodbye.

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Those three girls, they've run off.

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Oh, dear.

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Probably the older one.

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I wondered when I saw her.

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Too much of their mind...

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Unfathomable.

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The tracker's onto it.

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In the meantime, it must be kept out of the papers.

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No rain, tracker gonna get us.

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Tracker's not gonna get us.

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Come on.

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-We gotta keep going.

-Come on, Gracie.

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Daisy, give me your bag.

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Give us your bag, quick.

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Give us it!

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Hurry up! In the water, in the water.

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We need to cover our tracks.

0:34:570:34:58

DIDGERIDOO PLAYS

0:35:280:35:31

Shh, shh, shh.

0:36:250:36:27

Shh. Shh.

0:36:270:36:28

Shh.

0:36:280:36:30

Whoa. Whoa, whoa.

0:36:460:36:48

I see...the emu?

0:37:050:37:09

No, that's not it.

0:37:090:37:11

I see the kangaroo.

0:37:110:37:14

-Red one.

-No.

0:37:140:37:17

I don't see nothing. There's no food here.

0:37:170:37:19

-I see...

-We don't know this place.

0:37:190:37:22

-How are we going to eat?

-Shh!

0:37:220:37:26

MEN'S VOICES

0:37:260:37:28

Run!

0:37:290:37:31

Quick, hide. Come on.

0:37:310:37:33

Ask them, Molly. Ask them for something to eat.

0:37:430:37:46

Hey, you from that Moore River place, eh?

0:38:130:38:16

We're going home.

0:38:170:38:18

Where your country?

0:38:180:38:20

Jigalong.

0:38:200:38:22

Jigalong?

0:38:220:38:24

Proper long way.

0:38:240:38:25

Do you know what you're doing?

0:38:340:38:36

That tracker from Moore River...

0:38:400:38:42

..he pretty good.

0:38:440:38:45

I heard he get them runaways all the time.

0:38:450:38:48

You've got to be good to beat him.

0:38:480:38:50

He'll take you back to that place.

0:38:500:38:53

Here.

0:38:530:38:54

You watch out for him, eh?

0:38:570:39:00

You think you're so smart.

0:39:060:39:08

Where are we?

0:39:100:39:12

We're lost.

0:39:140:39:16

Jigalong that way.

0:39:210:39:23

North.

0:39:230:39:24

The tracker followed them to this riverbank

0:39:250:39:28

but lost their tracks in the water about a week ago.

0:39:280:39:32

There's been no sign of them since.

0:39:320:39:35

Three little half-castes.

0:39:350:39:36

We're talking quite a few man hours here.

0:39:360:39:39

Who's going to pay for it?

0:39:390:39:41

There's very little money in my departmental budget.

0:39:410:39:43

I'm hoping your men can combine this with their regular duties.

0:39:430:39:46

We'll be able to handle all the notifications,

0:39:460:39:48

posting police stations, farms...

0:39:480:39:50

We'll provide a description.

0:39:500:39:51

But if my men make trips outside their duties,

0:39:510:39:54

it's an impost on your department, Mr Neville.

0:39:540:39:56

If your men are on other jobs, there is no extra expense.

0:39:560:40:00

I see that, Mr Neville.

0:40:000:40:02

Every one of your men has a role as local protector.

0:40:020:40:05

My men will do their jobs, Mr Neville.

0:40:050:40:07

-Now, a week ago, you said.

-Yes.

0:40:100:40:12

Hey, Maude. Your girls have gone.

0:40:190:40:21

What did you say?

0:40:260:40:28

They've run away from Moore River.

0:40:280:40:30

They're gone.

0:40:300:40:31

Everybody's looking for them.

0:40:310:40:33

And what do you think you might be up to?

0:41:120:41:15

Thieving my eggs, eh?

0:41:160:41:17

You come out here where I can see you.

0:41:170:41:20

Come on. Stand up.

0:41:200:41:23

Out you come.

0:41:230:41:25

And get rid of that bread.

0:41:280:41:30

It's filthy.

0:41:300:41:31

You want something to eat, you ask for it.

0:41:320:41:36

Come on.

0:41:410:41:43

I'm not going to bite you.

0:41:430:41:45

Are you on your own?

0:41:520:41:53

Hmm?

0:41:540:41:56

Got anyone with you?

0:41:580:42:00

There you are.

0:42:130:42:15

Where are you girls planning on going?

0:42:200:42:23

Cat got your tongue, eh?

0:42:270:42:28

RADIO PLAYS SOFTLY

0:42:330:42:36

Now get!

0:42:400:42:41

Go on.

0:42:410:42:43

And watch out for those boys further along.

0:42:490:42:52

They go out hunting rabbits along the fence.

0:42:520:42:54

That rabbit-proof fence?

0:43:000:43:02

Yes, the rabbit-proof fence.

0:43:020:43:04

Where that rabbit fence?

0:43:040:43:06

East.

0:43:060:43:08

HAUNTING SOUNDSCAPE

0:43:160:43:19

Which way now?

0:43:380:43:40

That way.

0:43:400:43:42

That fence.

0:43:420:43:43

Find that rabbit fence, we go home.

0:43:430:43:46

Then we see our mum.

0:43:460:43:47

HAUNTING ABORIGINAL SINGING

0:43:530:43:56

READS: "The Chief Protector of Aborigines, Mr AO Neville..."

0:44:050:44:10

-ALL:

-The devil!

0:44:100:44:12

"..Is concerned about three native girls

0:44:120:44:15

"ranging from eight to fourteen years of age

0:44:150:44:19

"who a month ago

0:44:190:44:21

"ran away from the Moore River Native Settlement."

0:44:210:44:23

ALL CHEER

0:44:230:44:25

"He would be grateful if any person...who saw them

0:44:250:44:30

"would notify him...promptly.

0:44:300:44:33

"'We have been searching high and low for the children

0:44:330:44:39

"'for a month past,' added Mr Neville.

0:44:390:44:43

"'And all the trace we found of them was a dead rabbit.'"

0:44:430:44:47

DESOLATE SOUNDSCAPE

0:45:020:45:04

WHISTLES

0:45:130:45:15

It's the fence! It's the fence! She found it!

0:45:180:45:21

EMOTIVE MUSIC

0:45:210:45:24

Now, the latest sighting which is four days old is...

0:46:050:46:08

-The man from the newspaper.

-I have nothing more to say!

0:46:080:46:11

May I have a look?

0:46:110:46:13

Dalwallinu. Yes?

0:46:150:46:17

Bunnawarra.

0:46:170:46:18

Yalgoo.

0:46:180:46:21

Dalwallinu.

0:46:270:46:29

Bunnawarra. Yalgoo.

0:46:290:46:30

Dalwallinu, Bunnawarra, Yalgoo.

0:46:300:46:34

They're on the fence.

0:46:400:46:41

They're following the rabbit-proof fence.

0:46:430:46:45

Right.

0:46:450:46:47

Just because people use Neolithic tools, Inspector,

0:46:490:46:51

does not mean they have Neolithic minds.

0:46:510:46:53

This makes our task very much easier.

0:46:530:46:55

Look. There's a branch off here to the west, north of Yalgoo.

0:46:550:46:59

Now, you put your man out here on the fence

0:46:590:47:02

and north of this junction.

0:47:020:47:04

He can start to come down it to meet them.

0:47:040:47:07

I'll have Moodoo come up from the south behind them.

0:47:070:47:11

MENACING MUSIC

0:47:110:47:14

We can't miss them.

0:47:150:47:17

Where Daisy?

0:47:500:47:51

Wait here.

0:47:510:47:53

My legs, Molly.

0:48:040:48:06

They hurt. I can't walk.

0:48:060:48:08

I'll carry you only once, all right?

0:48:150:48:17

Come on.

0:48:170:48:18

Come on.

0:48:180:48:20

Don't think I'm carrying you all the way.

0:48:340:48:37

HORSE SNORTS

0:48:390:48:41

Camp, Molly.

0:48:410:48:42

Damn me.

0:48:550:48:56

Where are you girls headed?

0:48:590:49:00

Going to Mullewa?

0:49:050:49:07

Got family there?

0:49:080:49:09

Where Mullewa?

0:49:120:49:13

Mullewa?

0:49:130:49:15

West.

0:49:150:49:17

The way you're headed along the number two fence.

0:49:190:49:22

Are there two rabbit-proof fence?

0:49:230:49:25

My oath.

0:49:250:49:26

We've got three of them.

0:49:260:49:28

We're on the wrong fence.

0:49:280:49:30

Where the north fence?

0:49:330:49:34

North fence - back that way where you come from.

0:49:350:49:39

You can cut across.

0:49:400:49:41

I'll show you.

0:49:410:49:43

Number one rabbit fence.

0:49:430:49:44

Here's the number two fence.

0:49:450:49:47

Now, you're here.

0:49:470:49:49

But you want to be here.

0:49:490:49:51

Now, if you cut across here...

0:49:520:49:54

..you save yourself 100 mile or so.

0:49:550:49:59

It's not hard.

0:49:590:50:00

I'm going back.

0:50:190:50:21

I don't have the petrol.

0:50:210:50:23

FAINT MUSIC

0:50:340:50:37

WHISTLES

0:50:480:50:50

Hey, we're hungry.

0:50:590:51:01

Are youse that lot from Moore River?

0:51:170:51:19

Yeah.

0:51:190:51:20

What - you girls walk all that way?

0:51:210:51:24

Yeah.

0:51:250:51:26

800 miles?

0:51:260:51:28

I was there.

0:51:290:51:30

Too scared to run away, but.

0:51:300:51:32

Everyone was always caught, stuck in that boob.

0:51:320:51:36

Youse got the furtherest.

0:51:380:51:39

Where you heading?

0:51:390:51:40

Home.

0:51:400:51:42

-< WOMAN:

-Mavis!

0:51:420:51:44

Stay here.

0:51:460:51:47

I'll come back and get you.

0:51:470:51:49

Sleep with me. I'll get you some food.

0:51:490:51:52

Just getting the washing, Mrs Evans!

0:51:540:51:57

FOOTSTEPS

0:52:320:52:34

Shh! What's that?

0:52:340:52:36

There's someone coming.

0:52:360:52:38

Quick, quick, into bed.

0:52:390:52:40

Hide under the blankets.

0:52:400:52:42

LATCH CLATTERS

0:52:470:52:50

ALL GASP

0:53:120:53:13

Mavis.

0:53:260:53:28

-Go away.

-Don't worry about that!

0:53:300:53:32

Come on, quick. Get up. Get up! Come on!

0:53:320:53:35

Shh, shh, shh. DOOR SHUTS

0:53:370:53:38

Don't go, Molly.

0:53:420:53:44

Please don't go.

0:53:450:53:47

He come back if you go.

0:53:500:53:52

Don't go.

0:53:550:53:57

He won't say anything.

0:53:580:54:00

Please.

0:54:040:54:05

CAR APPROACHES

0:54:230:54:25

Hello, Evans.

0:54:350:54:37

-MRS EVANS:

-Hello.

-Mrs Evans.

0:54:380:54:39

Quick! Wake up. Wake up. You got to go.

0:54:390:54:42

Let's have a look.

0:54:450:54:46

Out that way. Just keep going.

0:54:490:54:51

TENSE MUSIC

0:54:510:54:54

They were running out over there about an hour or so ago.

0:55:130:55:17

We'll pick up their tracks in the morning.

0:55:400:55:42

I'll make a cup of tea.

0:55:420:55:45

That's the tracker.

0:55:560:55:57

DOGS BARK FEROCIOUSLY

0:55:570:55:59

Yeah, that's him.

0:56:100:56:11

TENSE MUSIC

0:56:110:56:14

Hop on.

0:57:300:57:31

UNEASY MUSIC

0:57:310:57:34

I do not expect you to understand

0:58:390:58:41

what I am trying to do for these people.

0:58:410:58:44

But I'll not have my plans jeopardised.

0:58:440:58:46

The problem of half-castes is not simply going to go away.

0:58:460:58:50

If it is not dealt with now,

0:58:500:58:52

it will fester for years to come.

0:58:520:58:54

These children are that problem.

0:58:540:58:56

Please explain exactly what happened.

0:58:560:58:57

I don't know how they did it, but we lost them.

0:58:570:59:01

I had Larsen out there. Moodoo was with him.

0:59:010:59:03

They're making right fools of us.

0:59:030:59:05

They are indeed, Inspector.

0:59:050:59:07

And the cost is more than to just our pride.

0:59:070:59:10

This department's reputation is beginning to suffer.

0:59:100:59:12

My men have better things to do

0:59:120:59:14

than chase your charges all around the country.

0:59:140:59:16

Now...

0:59:160:59:18

they're coming into very rough terrain.

0:59:180:59:21

Once they're much past Meekatharra,

0:59:220:59:25

I can't risk any of my men.

0:59:250:59:27

Yes, we must find them before they reach real desert country.

0:59:270:59:30

So this is what we're going to do.

0:59:300:59:33

You get your man up there. Moodoo can join him.

0:59:330:59:36

Well up the fence - around here.

0:59:360:59:38

Far enough up so we know we cannot possibly miss them.

0:59:380:59:41

And I want them to stay there.

0:59:410:59:43

They can set up camp and wait.

0:59:430:59:45

Costly.

0:59:450:59:47

Well, we'll just have to bear it.

0:59:480:59:50

Their lives may be at stake.

0:59:510:59:53

Inspector, I understand the mother of one of the girls

0:59:540:59:57

has gone to Wiluna.

0:59:570:59:59

The children are headed into that country.

0:59:591:00:01

I want the word spread.

1:00:011:00:03

Let's see what that does.

1:00:031:00:05

You wouldn't get me out there.

1:00:211:00:23

She's pretty clever, that girl.

1:00:281:00:29

She wants to go home.

1:00:331:00:35

Good thing you kids ran into me.

1:00:461:00:48

A lot of people worried for you.

1:00:481:00:51

The police are up and down the country looking for youse.

1:00:511:00:54

It's in all the papers.

1:00:541:00:56

Which one of you is Gracie?

1:00:571:00:59

Are you Gracie?

1:01:051:01:07

I hear your mummy in Wiluna.

1:01:071:01:09

You can catch a train there from Meeka.

1:01:091:01:11

Come on.

1:01:201:01:22

Let's go.

1:01:221:01:23

Wiluna - is she at Wiluna?

1:01:281:01:30

Yes.

1:01:301:01:32

Come on, Gracie.

1:01:331:01:34

Don't listen to him.

1:01:351:01:37

He's a liar.

1:01:371:01:38

Maybe she there, Molly.

1:01:401:01:42

Maybe he telling the truth.

1:01:421:01:44

Molly.

1:01:561:01:57

Let's go to Meeka, catch a train to Wiluna.

1:01:591:02:02

If they see us, they'll catch us.

1:02:021:02:04

We can't stop now.

1:02:061:02:07

We must keep going.

1:02:071:02:09

We're nearly there.

1:02:091:02:10

But, Molly, Mummy there.

1:02:121:02:15

She at Wiluna.

1:02:161:02:17

I want Mummy.

1:02:181:02:20

Come on.

1:02:261:02:28

Come on, Daisy.

1:02:281:02:30

Come on, Daisy.

1:02:351:02:37

You have to carry me, Molly.

1:02:561:02:58

Hop on.

1:02:591:03:01

She not coming.

1:03:041:03:05

Don't look back. Don't look back. She'll come.

1:03:101:03:13

TROUBLED MUSIC

1:03:221:03:25

Higher.

1:03:301:03:33

You got them?

1:03:331:03:34

Three!

1:03:351:03:37

One for you, one for me and one for both of us.

1:03:371:03:41

Mmm!

1:03:451:03:47

PENSIVE MUSIC

1:03:471:03:50

Come on, Dais.

1:04:201:04:22

We've got to go back for Gracie.

1:04:221:04:24

Go!

1:04:481:04:50

MEN LAUGH

1:05:111:05:14

What are you going to do - sell the thing?

1:05:151:05:18

WHISTLES

1:05:201:05:22

I've got her!

1:06:121:06:14

I want to get the train to Mummy!

1:06:141:06:16

This is one of them. She thinks her mummy's there.

1:06:161:06:19

Gracie.

1:06:191:06:22

Oi! Grab her!

1:06:231:06:24

Hey!

1:06:241:06:26

Gotcha!

1:06:261:06:27

You're not going anywhere. Now, get in that car now.

1:06:271:06:31

Thanks, Jacky.

1:06:341:06:35

There will be a shilling for you back at the station.

1:06:351:06:39

I'm taking you back where you belong.

1:06:401:06:42

SAD MUSIC

1:06:421:06:45

She gone, Molly?

1:06:551:06:57

She not coming back?

1:06:571:06:59

Needle in a haystack.

1:07:541:07:56

Well, that's it.

1:08:041:08:05

Pack your stuff. We're getting out of here.

1:08:051:08:08

They're only paying us for three weeks.

1:08:141:08:16

CURLEWS CRY

1:08:321:08:34

To Constable Riggs, Police Station, Nullagine.

1:08:391:08:41

The two missing half-caste girls, Molly and Daisy,

1:08:411:08:44

are returning to Jigalong via the rabbit-proof fence,

1:08:441:08:47

our efforts to apprehend them thus far having come to nought.

1:08:471:08:51

I therefore expect them to arrive in Jigalong

1:08:511:08:54

in about a month's time.

1:08:541:08:56

In your capacity as local protector,

1:08:561:08:58

you are to proceed to Jigalong to await their arrival

1:08:581:09:02

and effect their recapture.

1:09:021:09:05

Yours, etc.

1:09:051:09:08

SUBDUED MUSIC

1:09:081:09:11

No fence.

1:09:281:09:29

I want Mother.

1:09:391:09:40

The fence will come back.

1:09:431:09:44

OTHER-WORLDLY MUSIC

1:09:441:09:47

BLEAK MUSIC

1:10:171:10:20

SOFT ABORIGINAL SINGING

1:11:141:11:17

WOMAN SINGS

1:11:271:11:29

SHE CONTINUES TO SING

1:11:571:11:59

BIRD CAWS

1:12:311:12:34

SOARING MUSIC

1:12:441:12:47

HAUNTING MUSIC

1:13:061:13:10

Home.

1:13:351:13:38

MOLLY GRUNTS

1:13:441:13:46

-WOMAN:

-It's coming through now.

1:14:141:14:17

"Riggs arrived Jigalong.

1:14:171:14:20

"Awaits your instructions."

1:14:221:14:24

Yes, there will be a reply. Please wait.

1:14:261:14:28

-MAN READS:

-"Girl is to be sent South, via Meekatharra,

1:14:301:14:33

"to be accompanied at all times.

1:14:331:14:35

"Awaiting notification."

1:14:351:14:38

DISTANT SINGING

1:14:381:14:41

What's all that about?

1:14:501:14:51

Just some women's business.

1:14:511:14:55

Been going on all day.

1:14:571:14:59

-Hey, Molly.

-Yeah?

1:15:021:15:04

That tracker, he not going to get us now.

1:15:041:15:07

Nah, he's not going to get us.

1:15:071:15:09

SINGING GROWS LOUDER

1:15:091:15:12

I'm not going to stay here. I can feel it.

1:15:231:15:26

They're up to something.

1:15:271:15:29

I'm going to go take a look.

1:15:311:15:34

WOMEN SING

1:15:351:15:38

MAN SPEAKS ABORIGINAL LANGUAGE

1:16:091:16:11

WOMEN SING

1:16:171:16:21

BIRD SQUAWKS

1:16:421:16:45

BIRD SQUAWKS

1:17:261:17:29

BIRD CAWS

1:18:011:18:04

WHISTLES BIRD CALL

1:18:151:18:18

PUFFS, GIGGLES

1:18:441:18:47

THEY SOB

1:18:521:18:55

I lost one... SNIFFS: ..I lost one.

1:19:031:19:07

SHE SOBS

1:19:071:19:10

GENTLE MUSIC

1:19:391:19:42

NEVILLE: 'To Constable Riggs,

1:20:141:20:15

'Police Station, Nullagine.'

1:20:151:20:17

At present, we lack the funds

1:20:171:20:20

to pursue the missing half-caste girls,

1:20:201:20:23

Molly and Daisy.

1:20:231:20:25

I would ask

1:20:251:20:27

to be kept informed of their whereabouts,

1:20:271:20:30

so that at some future date, they may indeed be...recovered.

1:20:301:20:36

We face an uphill battle with these people,

1:20:381:20:42

especially the bush natives,

1:20:421:20:45

who have to be protected against themselves.

1:20:451:20:50

If they would only understand

1:20:501:20:53

what we are trying to do for them.

1:20:531:20:57

Yours, etc.

1:21:011:21:03

Thank you.

1:21:031:21:05

HAUNTING MUSIC

1:21:051:21:08

MUSIC: "Ngankarrparni" by Peter Gabriel

1:24:141:24:17

Australian drama set in the 1930s about three mixed-race girls who are brutally torn from their Aboriginal mother and sent 1,500 miles away to a training camp for domestic workers as part of a government policy to forcibly integrate them into white society.

Linking the camp and their distant home territory is a vast rabbit-proof fence, which stretches from one coast to another and just might help the girls find their way back.


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