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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 »
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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)

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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Trivia:
Hamish, the school dog from Marbury School, Stirling, South Australia, Australia, had a bit part in the filmSee more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Miranda cuts the Valentine's Day cake with a clean kitchen knife. However, the next shot shows the cake cut down the middle, and the same knife lying beside it clean and bare, as if it had never been used.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:
Soundtrack:
Piano Concerto No 5 in E Flat Major (Emperor Concerto), 2nd MovementSee more »

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164 out of 201 people found the following review useful.
the unspeakable takes control, 28 May 2000

This is mesmerizing film with a cipher at its center. Less is more. I am amused at some of the comments. There seem to be two types: those which depict the movie as "beautiful, ethereal and subtle" and those which depict the film as "too symbolic, too slow, boring, too 70's."

The point is, there is no point. The central vision of the film is enigma, the void, mystery. This seems to make a lot of explainers uncomfortable, but the use of emptiness at the core of a work of art is nothing new. "The hand that erases writes the true thing" Faulkner's masterpiece "The Sound and the Fury" is about a character who is absent. The characters that surround her, and who actually people the novel? Not all there, lacking, disintegrating, unknown, unwanted, unloved.

If there must be a meaning, it is that nothingness is the biggest threat of all. "I will show you fear in a handful of dust" We fear our disappearance. We'd like to believe that our little lives, our little comments, our little film lists will endure forever. But they won't. Nothing will.

what is existence? a random ever-changing collection of energized particles.

At any point, we can cross the line into nothingness. Nature will subsume us.

The film "A Passage to India" had the same theme. It was NOT essentially a movie about rape or sex scandal. It was about the yawning pitch-black eternal emptiness of the caves. It drove two women mad. Nature as an amoral uncaring unmoveable eternal reality.

Just as Picnic was NOT about repressed Victorian sexuality. These were pretexts, and were utilized because the fear of sex is the fear of letting go. The fear of sexuality leads irrestibly to our main fear: that darkness, emptiness, and the powers of nature will overwhelm us and erase us.

In Picnic, there was no villain, no enemy, no fall guy, no perpetrator, process or predicament that we could blame for the girls' disappearance. They simply disappeared. And that is the scariest nightmare of all.



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