The 1985 play, No Sugar, written by Jack Davis, exposes the cruel treatment towards Aboriginals during the Great Depression, from the point of view of Jimmy. Similarly, Rabbit Proof Fence, the 2002 historical drama film further conveys this harsh treatment but from the contrasting point of view of Molly. Both the point of views explored support related purposes and evoke the same responses from the audience. Generic conventions including, dramatic techniques, mise en scene, flashbacks and dialogue aid the directors in highlighting the main purposes of informing the readers of the Aboriginals side of the story, and to provoke an empathetic response from the viewers.
Jack Davis’ play, No Sugar, utilises a variety of dramatic techniques in order to explain to audience the that there are two sides to every story. Many people only know the European Settlers story, but Davis’ play aims to expose the oppression the Aboriginals experience during the 1930’s. From the point of view of Jimmy Munday, the main force behind the Aboriginals rebellion, we are able to understand the hardships the Indigenous people had to live through. Whilst discussing the ration cut with A.O Neville, Jimmy exclaims, “Native Protector, couldn’t protect my dog from fleas.” This is implying that Neville is useless at his job, as, if he is unable to protect a dog, how is he meant to protect people. Also, by referencing dogs and fleas, Jimmy is explaining how the Aboriginals felt as though white society saw them as animals. Jimmy’s tone throughout this scene is very direct, as Neville tends to be supercilious over the Aboriginals. When Jimmy goes to Neville’s office in Perth to request a train ticket to Northam, he engages in an argument with Neville. When asking what he was doing in Perth, Jimmy bluntly replies, “Mindin’ my own bloody business.” This infers how the Aboriginals lives were none of the White people’s business and they should not have interfered and attempted to assimilate them. The use of alliteration of the words “bloody” and “business” draws the readers attention to this section of the quote, and highlights the fact that Jimmy wants nothing to do with the white people and just wants to live his life in peace. The dialogue, tone