Rabbit Proof Fence

Peter Gabriel’s powerful score for Phillip Noyce’s film Rabbit Proof Fence, entitled Long Walk Home, was nominated for a Golden Globe.

The film is a true story of hope and survival.

At a time when it was Australian government policy to train aboriginal children as domestic workers and integrate them into white society, young Molly Craig decides to lead her little sister and cousin in a daring escape from their internment camp.

Molly and the girls, part of what would become known as Australia’s ‘Stolen Generations’, must then elude the authorities on a dangerous 1,500-mile adventure along the rabbit-proof fence that bisects the continent and will lead them home.

For the album Peter worked with long-term collaborators David Rhodes, Richard Evans and Shankar and features a host of musicians from around the world including Manu Katché, The Blind Boys of Alabama and the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. There are influences and elements from Asian, African, Caribbean, Australian and Middle Eastern music.

“It was a small, independent heart project Phillip Noyce was working on and I thought the story was really strong. It was going to open canvas without huge amounts on dialogue and with a lot of room for atmospheric music, so it was attractive to me in many ways.”