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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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Joan Lindsay (novel)
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Release Date:
2 February 1979 (USA) See more »
Australia's First International Hit! [Video Australia] See more »
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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Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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  (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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115 min | Australia:107 min (1998 director's cut)
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Jenny Lovell took on the role of Blanche with some objections from her mother, producer Patricia Lovell, who worried that it would appear as if Jenny had gotten the part in the film because of her mother's connections.See more »
Anachronisms: As the drag pulls out of Woodend, power poles are seen to the left of the screen, also, a television antenna is also seen on the roof of a house in the same scene.See more »
[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:
String Quartet in No 1 in D Major, 2nd MovementSee more »


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90 out of 111 people found the following review useful.
Death and the Maidens, 8 May 2005
Author: pocca from Canada

Even though this has been described as a film about sexual repression (and Peter Weir may have thought he was making such a film), I don't think it is--rather, it is a celebration of the dreamy, self contained sexuality (or rather pre-sexuality) of young adolescent girls just before they seriously turn their attention to men. Sure, they may be living in a society straitjacketed by Victorian mores, but the girls really don't seem to be the unhappier for this, non withstanding the earthy maid's comments that she feels sorry for them. Miranda and her friends seem completely content and at ease in their languid, hothousey world of poetry, pink and white bedrooms, and mutual crushes (I was reminded of the similarly dreamy, self contained little universe of the sisters in "The Virgin Suicides--another film that is supposedly about repression). During the noon day nap at Hanging Rock, the girls, heads resting in one another's laps, are in a state very much resembling post coital bliss--far from seeming repressed, they are among the most content women I've ever seen on screen. It is quite arguable that Victorian morality had something to do with their sexuality turning inward like this, but all this does is lend credence to the truism that repression intensifies sexuality--which may explain the lingering fascination the Victorian era has for the modern age, and why one of its most striking symbols of its oppressiveness--the corset--is also very erotically charged. The girls' disappearance into the eerie black land form (that seems to have faces at times, bringing to mind fairy tales about trolls who steal golden haired children) suggests that at in their present state they are so contented that anything else life might hold for them could only be a letdown, that only whatever dark force (death? nothingness?) is haunting Hanging Rock could possibly be a worthy enough lover for these girls who are already so supremely self fulfilled.

There are, unfortunately, aspects of this film that don't work, or rather jar with the elements discussed above, the most prominent of these being the Dickensian subplot of the persecuted orphaned pupil Sarah. The actress herself is affecting in her part and her boyish beauty contrasts well with Miranda's ethereal femininity (she looks like a young Renaissance prince at times), but her story really belongs in another movie because at heart "Picnic at Hanging Rock" is more Gothic than socially conscious.

Maybe Weir really was aiming to make a movie about the evils of sexual repression, class inequality or even colonization, but such possible themes are blown away by the languid, ethereal images of the young adolescent girls at the beginning of the film, floating contentedly through their hours like clusters of Monet lilies.

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