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A Dream Within a Dream: The making of 'Picnic at Hanging Rock' (2004)

A Feature Length Documentary On The Making Of The Film Featuring Exclusive Interviews With Peter Weir, Hal & Jim Mcelroy, Patricia Lovell and much more




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Credited cast:
Cliff Green ...
Anne-Louise Lambert ...
Joan Lindsay ...
Herself (archive footage)
Patricia Lovell ...
Hal McElroy ...
Jim McElroy ...
Helen Morse ...
José Luis Pérez ...
Christine Schuler ...
Martin Sharp ...
Bruce Smeaton ...


A Feature Length Documentary On The Making Of The Film Featuring Exclusive Interviews With Peter Weir, Hal & Jim Mcelroy, Patricia Lovell, Cliff Green, Russell Boyd, Bruce Smeaton, Jose Perez, Helen Morse, John Jarratt, Christine Schuler And Anne Louise Lambert. This documentary is actually longer than film it documents. The documentary covers all aspects of the films creation from the discovery of the novel, to the directors cut of the film. Written by razorback

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This documentary is featured on the Australian DVD for _Picnic at Hanging Rock ()_ released in 2004 See more »


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Many dreams from many people and a mystery never to be explained!
6 January 2005 | by (Blue Mountains, Australia) – See all my reviews

'A Dream within a Dream' is a fine title for this superlative 2-hour documentary on the making of 'Picnic at Hanging Rock'. PAHR told the story of a group of girls from a decidedly English-style school who climb the mysterious Hanging Rock, their disappearance, and the aftermath. Set in the Australian bush in 1900, you may regard it as a mystery, a horror story or something else entirely.

Though author Joan Lindsay passed on many years ago, every cast and crew member has recollections of the grand lady and a 1975 interview is included as well. It is she who takes centre stage throughout, deservedly. Then and now shots of the actors make interesting content but all take on an enigmatic look whenever the author is mentioned. Behind the scenes shots and deleted scenes are included in context and most importantly, the alternative ending is included.

This documentary accompanies the special edition - director's cut of PAHR and to my way of thinking, leaves as many questions unanswered as the original movie!

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