There is a major distinction between the beginning of the book and the beginning of the movie. The beginning of the book gives the reader a detailed description of the historical background about the ‘Stolen Generations’ while the movie goes straight into one example of the ‘Stolen Generations’. The contrast of a detailed understanding of the history of the Stolen Generations compared to one example of it may not connect with the emotions of the story as well as watching the film. The film doesn’t focus on the overall history. Instead it starts with the girls with their family in their normal lifestyle. After the mayhem occurs where the children are separated from their family, the viewer follows the journey with the girls back to the settlement. It is a long journey that takes the viewer through a visual experience but in the book, the scenery was described in more verbal detail. In the journey home the film made the surroundings look just like desert and not much else but in the book’s description there seems more bush-land and other trees and grasses around them.
Music in a film plays a crucial role. In the Rabbit Proof Fence, most of the music consists of melancholic melodies. Often, a heavy and deep drumbeat is heard in the background adding to the sense of doom. This is not present in the book. When the girls are taken away from their families, a scene that differs greatly from the book to the film and this affects the