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Picnic at Hanging Rock -- This sensual and striking chronicle of a disappearance and its aftermath put director Peter Weir on the map and helped usher in a new era of Australian cinema. Based on an acclaimed 1967 novel by Joan Lindsay, Picnic at Hanging Rock concerns a small group of students from an all-female college who vanish, along with a chaperone, while on a St. Valentine's Day outing.
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:
Kevin Gebert ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
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:
Screenwriter David Williamson was originally chosen to adapt the film, but was unavailable and recommended TV writer Cliff Green.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Modern foundation garments are seen quite clearly through the girls white shirts in many places when the camera trails behind them as the move about the rock.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 Wakacje z Madonna (1985) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
String Quartet in No 1 in D Major, 2nd MovementSee more »

FAQ

What actually happened to the missing girls?
How does the movie end?
Is the 'moving plant' real?
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56 out of 75 people found the following review useful.
If you're up for a free-form dramatization of the word 'unease'..., 14 September 2001
Author: Cloten from Auckland, New Zealand



I remember reading (God knows where) someone's shaggy-dog story about this film. Apparently, this individual had a friend (as people who tell these kind of stories tend to) who went to see 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' sometime in the mid 1970s. He was late, there was the inevitable confusion, and he consequently spent the next two hours whimpering in fear - waiting for the chainsaw-wielding assassin to appear and rip into a bunch of immaculately attired Edwardian schoolgirls.

This is probably as good an analogy as any for the sense of dread this film (fitfully) manages to accumulate. Watching it is like seeing weather systems build. Small increments appear, converge on other increments, circling each other ambiguously before merging into a grey, baleful mass that sits there on the horizon, making atmospheric noises. In 'Picnic...' the wind moves plangently through eucalypts, clocks tick, an orphan girl is the victim of snobbish behaviour, girls gossip, more clocks tick, the wind moves through more eucalypts, the clocks stop, something 'unspeakably eerie' happens, and that's pretty much it.

Ultimately, the film is about Peter Weir placing markers of European culture - corsets, watches, a locally built replica of an Eighteenth century English manor - in the vast, contoured, deeply ambivalent Australian hinterland, and letting his camera record the absurdity of those spatial relationships. His early twentieth century Australians anxiously encircle themselves with the accoutrements of civilization they've brought with them - its dress codes, its class politics, its architectural styles - as if shielding their bodies from the unfamiliar landscape outside. Yet their attempts to maintain a European identity by 'keeping up appearances' come off as merely obsessional.

The elaborate dresses the girls wear, the formalities observed at the picnic (and at a surreal dinner party set on a flat, sunblasted lake edge - a Seurat painting gone horribly wrong), far from being emblems that mark a cultural continuity unifying Australia with Europe, seem oddly fetishistic - deeply arbitrary. Weir's characters seem to sense this meaninglessness also; they're enervated, without conviction. They seem to realize that, in bearing items of European material culture within this new environment, they're merely in possession of a bunch of dead letters - signifiers rendered powerless (decontextualized) by distance. As more than one character remarks, 'it all looks different here'.

To add to the unease, Weir intercuts all this with shots of the landscape - huge, forested, confrontationally empty. There's a sense of something staring back, unimpressed, 'personified' by the oddly biomorphic shapes within Hanging Rock itself.

One can still feel the reverberations, twenty five years on. There are definite echoes of 'Picnic...' in 'The Piano', 'The Virgin Suicides', and the whole slew of films that erstwhile Antipodean Sam Neill rather dodgily categorises the 'Cinema of Unease'. If you really want to freak yourself out, try watching this and 'The Quiet Earth' in the same sitting. You may never feel absolute faith in your ties to the physical universe again.

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