To get back home they must cross through enemy-occupied territory never knowing who their friends are, who is out to get them.” …
Eventually I came to realise that my story/Molly’s story was about home.
Clearly it also existed as a story amongst the people of Jigalong.
Doris Pilkington-Garimara, a historian and the daughter of Molly (the oldest of the three girls), published an account of the journey as Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence in 1996.
This is certainly the line taken consistently in the publicity surrounding the film and is prominent in the reactions and reviews.
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Noyce describes his experience of reading the script as follows: I was overwhelmed by the story. I really strongly identified with the three girls, Molly, Daisy and Gracie, and that was not because they were black.
As legend has it she rang expatriate Australian film-maker Phillip Noyce, critically acclaimed for Australian films like Back Roads, Dead Calm and Heat Wave, but more recently known as the director of the blockbuster Hollywood Tom Clancy-adaptations Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger.
Noyce was initially cool on the script but when he could not secure Harrison Ford for the next Tom Clancy film decided to proceed (Urban 2002).
The problem, of course, is one of a double-audience; a relatively informed domestic audience and a relatively uniformed international audience.
(One American reviewer described the film as based on a book by Doris Pilkington and Nugi Garimara.) The solution, on the face of it, is to speak in a universalising language of emotions.