What if our lives were never connected to nature, never connected to the food we eat or the water we drink? What if we lived in a world where our natural landscapes were all the same. The rabbit-proof fence is an Australian movie directed by Peter Noyce, which clearly depicts the natural beauty of the Australian desert terrain. This is a true story set in Western Australia, 1931, during the stolen generation. Three female aboriginal half-castes are mercilessly withdrawn from their homes and are taken into the Moore River Native Settlement. Molly, Daisy, and Gracie are soon determined to get back home, back to the natural landscape of where they belong. In order to do this, they travel over 1500 kilometres, a tiresome and straining journey.
To begin with, Peter Noyce represents the influence of the Australian landscapes on the characters through the use of a variety of cinematic techniques. Throughout the film, mid shots, as well as long shots and extreme long shots, are used extensively to showcase the vastness of the Australian landscape compared to a single person. As seen in the first image, a mid-shot is taken, where Molly Craig the main character is seen gazing up into the sun. This showcases how the intensity of the heat has influenced her to adapt and to be able to survive in this extreme weather. Just after this image, a long shot is taken of an eagle, which is a symbolic representation of freedom, hope, and courage. The composer has specifically chosen this motif as it identifies the key aspects in which the 3 children are searching for, freedom and the courage to survive. The long shot of the eagle epitomizes the idea of determination as well as fortitude which is then reflected on the characters themselves. Their ambition to get back home and the bravery to take on the harsh desert landscapes for weeks.
Furthermore, the filmmaker incorporates the impact of the Australian landscapes on the characters through the use of several film techniques. Throughout the film, symbolism and camera angles have been used to exhibit the toll in which the Australian weather has influenced the characters. In the second image, we see 2 children crossing the rugged terrain. A low angle shot showcases how they are slowly adapting and transforming in order to survive, hence seeming resilient to the weather. However, the salient image of the sun acts as a constant reminder of the ferocity of the Australian landscape. As well as this, in the foreground, we see the 2 children staggering along the rough terrain, almost as if they were on the verge of collapse. Whilst in the background, we see a heat-stricken tree which symbolises the severity of the Australian climate. In return, this symbolic tree illustrates the Australian desert environment and is mirrored by the characters as they struggle to survive in these harsh conditions. Due to this, it is evident that the composer of the film has been able to demonstrate the impact of the Australian landscapes on the characters.
In conclusion, Peter Noyce has distinctly reflected the Australian landscapes on the characters. This has been accomplished through the use of symbolism, camera angles, camera shots, motifs and salience. Due to this, it is evident that in the film Rabbit Proof fence, the Australian landscape has indeed influenced the individuals and their lives.