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Picnic at Hanging Rock -- A story about the disappearance of several Appleyard College students, and a teacher, from Hanging Rock.

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Director:
Writers:
Joan Lindsay (novel)
Cliff Green (screenplay)
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Release Date:
2 February 1979 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Australia's First International Hit! [Video Australia] See more »
Plot:
During a rural picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Excellent director, immaculate film. See more (192 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rachel Roberts ... Mrs. Appleyard
Vivean Gray ... Miss McCraw
Helen Morse ... Mlle. de Poitiers
Kirsty Child ... Miss Lumley
Tony Llewellyn-Jones ... Tom (as Anthony Llewellyn-Jones)

Jacki Weaver ... Minnie
Frank Gunnell ... Mr. Whitehead
Anne-Louise Lambert ... Miranda (as Anne Lambert)
Karen Robson ... Irma
Jane Vallis ... Marion
Christine Schuler ... Edith
Margaret Nelson ... Sara
Ingrid Mason ... Rosamund

Jenny Lovell ... Blanche
Janet Murray ... Juliana
Vivienne Graves ... Pupil
Angela Bencini ... Pupil
Melinda Cardwell ... Pupil
Annabel Powrie ... Pupil
Amanda White ... Pupil
Lindy O'Connell ... Pupil
Verity Smith ... Pupil
Deborah Mullins ... Pupil
Sue Jamieson ... Pupil
Bernadette Bencini ... Pupil
Barbara Lloyd ... Pupil
Wyn Roberts ... Sgt. Bumpher
Kay Taylor ... Mrs. Bumpher
Garry McDonald ... Const. Jones
Martin Vaughan ... Ben Hussey
John Fegan ... Doc. McKenzie (as Jack Fegan)
Peter Collingwood ... Col. Fitzhubert
Olga Dickie ... Mrs. Fitzhubert

Dominic Guard ... Michael Fitzhubert

John Jarratt ... Albert Crundall (as John Jarrett)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Faith Kleinig ... Cook (uncredited)
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Directed by
Peter Weir 
 
Writing credits
Joan Lindsay (novel)

Cliff Green (screenplay)

Produced by
A. John Graves .... executive producer: South Australian Film Corporation (as John Graves)
Patricia Lovell .... executive producer
Hal McElroy .... producer
Jim McElroy .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Russell Boyd (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Max Lemon 
 
Art Direction by
David Copping 
 
Costume Design by
Judith Dorsman  (as Judy Dorsman)
 
Makeup Department
Elizabeth Mitchie .... makeup artist
José Luis Pérez .... makeup supervisor (as Jose Perez)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kim Dalton .... second assistant director
Mark Egerton .... first assistant director
Ian Jamieson .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Neil Angwin .... assistant to art department
Mont Fieguth .... property master (as Monte Fieguth)
Mont Fieguth .... stand-by property (as Monte Fieguth)
Bill Howe .... construction manager
Martin Sharp .... artistic advisor to director
Graham 'Grace' Walker .... property buyer (as Graham Walker)
Graham 'Grace' Walker .... set dresser (as Graham Walker)
Christopher Webster .... assistant to art director
 
Sound Department
Sherry Bell .... assistant dubbing editor
Greg Bell .... dubbing editor (uncredited)
Don Connolly .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Joe Spinelli .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Kynoch .... still photographer
Geoffrey Simpson .... electrician
Tony Tegg .... gaffer
Trevor Toune .... best boy
Geordie Dryden .... key grip (uncredited)
David Foreman .... clapper loader (uncredited)
David Sanderson .... photographer: nature (uncredited)
John Seale .... camera operator (uncredited)
Phil Warner .... assistant grip (uncredited)
David Williamson .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mandy Smith .... wardrobe assistant
Wendy Stites .... associate costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Margaret Cardin .... negative matcher
Andre Fleuren .... assistant film editor
Dee McClelland .... colorist: digitally restored version
 
Music Department
Bruce Smeaton .... composer: additional original music
Gheorghe Zamfir .... musician: pan flute
 
Other crew
Gilda Baracchi .... continuity
Tom Downer .... wrangler
Steve Knapman .... production assistant
Joan McIntosh .... accountant
Pom Oliver .... production secretary
Gordon Rayner .... assistant wrangler
Phil Smythe .... accountant: SAFC
Sidney L. Stebel .... script consultant (as Sidney Stebel)
Jill Wishart .... production secretary: SAFC
 
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Runtime:
115 min | Australia:107 min (1998 director's cut)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The cast and crew traveled to Adelaide, co-incidentally arrived on February 14th - St. Valentine's Day, the day on which in 1900, the action starts in both the book and film.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: Pan pipes player Gheorghe Zamfir is misspelled as Gheorghe Zamfi in the opening credits.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Miranda:What we see and what we seem are but a dream, a dream within a dream.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Australian Movies to the World (1983) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Prelude No 1 in C MajorSee more »

FAQ

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92 out of 103 people found the following review useful.
Excellent director, immaculate film., 19 April 2003
Author: eshaun from Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Peter Weir is a master of taking the mysteries of human nature, combining them with the essence of humanity, then distilling those aspects through the inexplicable itself. This has been an earmark of his films "Dead Poets Society," "Fearless" and even "The Truman Show" but nowhere is this more apparent than with "Picnic At Hanging Rock."

Beautifully filmed in rural Australia, the plot of "Picnic At Hanging Rock" is deceptively simple: students at an upper crust Victorian-era girls' school go on a field trip to Hanging Rock --an unusual geographic site miles away from civilization. On the trip, three of the girls and one of the teachers go missing. A simple plot, right? Well, on the surface it is indeed simple, but the way Peter Weir deals with the subject matter will keep the viewer absolutely enthralled and at a loss as to the cause of the girls' inexplicable disappearance. What has frustrated many viewers is that the responsibility of the hypothesis lies solely on them: there are no conclusive answers, but rather a number of theories as seen through the eyes of second and third parties.

Additionally, Weir spices up the overall feeling of uncertainty with repeated images seemingly unrelated to the flow of the movie. Swans, ants, flowers, flies and poetry all appear repeatedly throughout the film, indicating that there is some deeper significance to the nature of the disappearance. Something that is just out of the viewer's grasp. In truth, Weir's direction in this film is akin to a more accessible and humanistic David Lynch. Much of the same thematic ground is covered, and the pronounced sense of uncertainty is a trademark of many Lynch films, especially his recent masterwork, "Mulholland Drive."

Finally, what makes "Picnic At Hanging Rock" a true marvel of filmmaking is the complete integration of all elements in the support of the ephemeral theme. The pan-flute of Zamfir adds an otherworldly element to the score; the cinematography makes Hanging Rock look alternately commonplace, and enigmatic, depending on the scene. This collusion of all elements makes "Picnic At Hanging Rock" essential viewing for anyone interested in immaculate emotive filmmaking. -E. Shaun Russell

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