In the first half of the last century Australia had a national policy of removing mixed race children
from their aboriginal homes and placing them in orphanages. The intent was to provide a "better"
education and adjustment to the majority culture. The emotionally wrenching separations from family were
given little consideration. Three young girls at the center of this film decide to leave their orphanage
and make an arduous trek to their home. Their escape and the hunt to find them carry us on a taut dramatic
Rated PG for adult situations.
Post-film discussion led by Charles Brown.
About the director Phillip Noyce
About the life and film career of Kenneth Branagh
Other background on the film.
A selection of reviews of the film