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Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

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During a rural summer 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.

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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mrs. Appleyard
Vivean Gray ... Miss McCraw
... Mlle. de Poitiers
Kirsty Child ... Miss Lumley
... Tom (as Anthony Llewellyn-Jones)
... Minnie
Frank Gunnell ... Mr. Whitehead
... Miranda (as Anne Lambert)
... Irma
... Marion
... Edith
Margaret Nelson ... Sara
Ingrid Mason ... Rosamund
... Blanche
Janet Murray ... Juliana
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Storyline

Three students and a school teacher disappear on an excursion to Hanging Rock, in Victoria, on Valentine's Day, 1900. Widely (and incorrectly) regarded as being based on a true story, the movie follows those that disappeared, and those that stayed behind, but it delights in the asking of questions, not the answering of them. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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On St. Valentine's Day in 1900 a party of schoolgirls set out to picnic at Hanging Rock. ...Some were never to return. See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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2 February 1979 (USA)  »

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Picnic at Hanging Rock  »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 440,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,492, 28 June 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$232,201

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,953,633
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1.66 : 1
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Ingrid Mason was originally cast in the role of Miranda. However director Peter Weir decided that she didn't have the worldly quality that the part required. That is why he re-approached Anne-Louise Lambert, who accepted. The film's producer, Patricia Lovell managed to convince Mason to take the lesser role of Rosamund. See more »

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Although accurately following the book (and a good indication that this is indeed a fictional story), to make the days & dates actually match up you need to either move to 1903 or 1874, as those are the closest years that had Feb 14 on a Saturday (and March 27 on a Friday) See more »

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Miranda: What we see and what we seem are but a dream, a dream within a dream.
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Piano Concerto No 5 in E Flat Major (Emperor Concerto), 2nd Movement
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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great film
11 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Picnic at Hanging Rock is a masterpiece of psychological fiction in which we see an awful thing happen from a great distance and are only given enough clues to guess at what happened to the missing girls. Excellent cinematography and a musical score perfectly chosen both of which become Weir trademarks first appear in this film. They are clearly missing in the Cars that Ate Paris his first full length film. Though many people have offered suggestions both realistic and absurd as to what happened to the ladies, everything but Dingo attacks have been suggested, we are kept in the dark on purpose. The novel that the film was based on suggested, almost as an afterthought, that the story might be true. This claim was as much a fiction as the rest of the novel.

The site, Hanging Rock, is identified with a mythic highway man and all the things we observe happening have elements of the supernatural. The people as in many Weir films communicate the most critical ideas with out talking. A significant plot development in this film, we hear thoughts..see people moving on ward as if drawn towards their doom, but Weir never bothers us with needless Dialog..how much weaker would the plot be if we heard Miranda calling to her companions "follow me, we must reach the top." It is also critical to the developing sense of spirituality and intuitive communication we see in Gallipoli and Witness.

Finally, if we knew what happened to the girls, any speculation about the fate of those at the school would be moot. The mystery explains the accusations by the girls, parents and staff and the eventual downfall of most who worked there.

Those who do not like the film fail to see it as an Aussie Gothic film as innovative in its day as Wuthering Heights was in its.


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