"Rabbit Proof Fence" By Phillip Noyce: Scene 1 Analysis

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The scene starts with indigenous music and a blank black background. The indigenous music comprehends the didgeridoo. The low pitch sets the atmosphere and the Aboriginal feel of the film. Then the prologue appears on the screen in contrasting white font, giving us the background knowledge of the movie.”Western Australia 1931100 years the Aboriginal have resisted invasion of their lands by white settlers.Now, a special law, the Aborigines Act, controls their lives in every detail.Mr. A. O. Neville, the Chief Protector of Aborigines, is the legal guardian of every Aborigine in the State of Western Australia. He has the power‘to remove any half-caste child’ from their family, from anywhere within the state.”The first visual shot the audience sees is an extreme long shot of the opening landscape. It comes across as dots, so the audience is made to question whether this shot is an extreme close up, extreme long shot of the land or a painting. This shot may symbolize Aboriginal paintings, how they are mostly formed of dots and patterns, it is a very clever yet interesting way to start off the film. Simultaneously with the opening scene, Molly introduces the film in her native language. After a minute or so, the camera pans up to the sky, then focuses back to the ground. But this part of the land is darker, lifeless, and dull; it is a contrast to the opening natural environment. The audience can clearly see a fence...

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