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Picnic at Hanging Rock

  • Drama
  • 1975
  • Peter Weir
  • 110 mins
  • PG

Summary

Acclaimed director Peter Weir's beautiful and atmospheric period mystery about the disappearance of three schoolgirls and their teacher during a trip to the Australian landmark on Valentine's Day, 1900. One of the most memorably haunting films ever committed to celluloid. Starring Rachel Roberts, Dominic Guard, Helen Morse and Jacki Weaver, this beautiful tale is a must-see.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

On St Valentine's Day in 1900 a party of schoolgirls enjoys a day at Hanging Rock, a local beauty spot. But something odd is at work: clocks stop at midday and three girls vanish. Dingo dogs, extraterrestrials, kidnappers or what? In this psychological take on the mystery, director Peter Weir leaves clues hanging in the air like a glistening spider's web, hears celestial choirs and thrumming insects - he hasn't the foggiest, but he adores ambiguity, mysticism and metaphor. It's a very sexy picture, which stares an enigma straight in the eye and, in the process, proved to the world that the new Australian cinema was capable of making films other than those that featured gnarled and drunken sheep-shearers. There are fine performances from Rachel Roberts, Helen Morse and Dominic Guard, which, with the outstanding location work, add up to a decidedly class act.

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Credits

Cast

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Mrs AppleyardRachel Roberts (1)
Michael FitzhubertDominic Guard
Dianne de PotiersHelen Morse
MinnieJacki Weaver
Miss McCrawVivean Gray
Dora LumleyKirsty Child
MirandaAnne Louise Lambert

Crew

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DirectorPeter Weir

Details

Theatrical distributor
G.T.O. Films
Language
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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