I have seen the movie twice at the cinemas and twice on DVD. I have also read the books written by Doris Pilkington and Nugi Garimara. It is a totally accurate account of what happened in this country in the creation of the Stolen Generation
. It is also an accurate description of the living conditions of that time in Moore River (just north of Perth).
Kudos have to go to Noyce for bringing this fantastic book to the big screen, for is forces the nation to sit back and take in exactly what happened to the Aboriginal people in that day and age.
What I found particularly disturbing in that era is that the "Chief Protector of Aborigines", A.O. Neville (played by Kenneth Branaugh), believed that by breeding these half-caste Aborigines with "white" people, would eventually bring about a race of "white" Aboriginal people. Now whether Neville in fact did pursue this policy is not really known by me, but what is known, is that this was the general sentiment of the people in that time.
The government is Canberra is worried about this film being screened overseas, for it will bring this country "unwanted" (and as far as Howard is concerned "unwarranted") attention. And from what I have seen in terms of this movie in foreign press is exactly the type of attention which the government in this country did not want. And I say good, for the truth should be known.
Also, I wouldn't be surprised if Howard and co. have seen the movie yet. One thing is known. They weren't at the premiere of the movie. As Noyce commented "Well, Little Johnny is away at the moment," Noyce laughed. "And also my mother said, 'If you invite that prick, I'm not coming.'"
I don't know if others who have seen it noticed the soundtrack for the film, but it is brilliant. From what I understand it was the creation of Peter Gabriel (yes, the "Sledgehammer" and Genesis Peter Gabriel).
If you have the chance get it on DVD, with the special features. Noyce actually scoured the country to find the 3 girls who played Molly, Daisy and Gracie. Total unknowns, who I think have performed great on the screen.