Picnic at Hanging Rock

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Peter Weir (1975)

110min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

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.

Cast & Crew

Mrs Appleyard Rachel Roberts (1)
Michael Fitzhubert Dominic Guard
Dianne de Potiers Helen Morse
Minnie Jacki Weaver
Miss McCraw Vivean Gray
Dora Lumley Kirsty Child
Miranda Anne Louise Lambert
Director Peter Weir
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: G.T.O. FilmsAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama