in about 100 words or less
Australia 115m, Colour
Director: Peter Weir; Cast: Rachel Roberts, Vivean Gray, Helen Morse, Kirsty Child, Tony Llewellyn-Jones
Picnic at Hanging Rock is a beautifully filmed adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel of the same name which recounts a fictional story about the mysterious and unresolved disappearance of three school girls and a teacher whilst out for a 1900 Valentine’s day picnic at Hanging Rock. The story offers no concrete explanation for their disappearance, but rather focuses on the possibilities and rumors expressed by the local townsfolk, the police and the other school girls. An underlying dreamlike quality of the film is achieved through soft focus, ghostly pan flute music and the strange and unexplained behavior of the girls leading up to their disappearance. As with other works of art, Picnic at Hanging Rock is film that is wide open to interpretation which can be appreciated on many levels (Klaus Ming November 2010).