Join the conversation taking place on Twitter during our December 21 screening of Rabbit-Proof Fence (SBS ONE, 9.30pm). The film's acclaimed screenwriter and co-producer Christine Olsen will take your questions, and offer her own insights into the experience of bringing this extraordinary story to the screen.
We know how much you responded to the discussion generated in our live #sbsfilm tweet events with John Collee (Creation), Robert Connolly (Three Dollars) and Glendyn Ivin (The Last Ride). This time, Christine will be on Twitter during the screening, along with our Saturday night presenter Sandy George, to talk about the .
DECEMBER 21, SBS ONE, 9.30pm, introduced by Sandy George)
Rabbit-Proof Fence premieres on SBS ONE on December 21 at 9.30pm. Phillip Noyce's film was written by co-producer Christine Olsen, from the novel by Doris Pilkington. The film, like the book before it, is drawn from the childhood experiences of Piklington's monther, Molly, her aunt Daisy and their cousin Gracie. Forcibly removed from their families, the girls were taken to a mission 1,500 miles away to train as domestic servants, and ordered to abandon their heritage. The film traces their remarkable escape and the attempts of their captor - administrator A.O. Neville (Kenneth Branagh) - to bring them back. Set in 1931, Rabbit-Proof Fence is a captivating story of resilience and endurance.
"Not since the last shots of Schindler's List have I been so overcome with the realisation that real people, in recent historical times, had to undergo such inhumanity." - Roger Ebert
About Christine Olsen
New Zealand born Christine Olsen has lived permanently in Australia since 1985. She has a string of credits in radio and television credits to her name, and worked in documentary film when she moved to Sydney.
In 2002 she wrote and produced Rabbit-Proof Fence. The screenplay won two NSW's Premier Literary awards and the Queensland Premier's Literary Award for Best Film Script.