Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) Poster


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  • When the students at Appleyard College, a private girls' boarding school in Victoria State, Australia decide to have a Valentine's Day picnic at nearby Hanging Rock, a 500-foot-tall volcanic rock formation about 11 kilometers northeast of the school, what begins as a serene outing turns into a tragedy when three of girls Miranda (Anne-Louise Lambert), Marion (Jane Vallis), and Irma (Karen Robson) and one of the teachers, Miss McCraw (Vivean Gray), mysteriously vanish while exploring the rocks, eliciting different responses from the staff and remaining girls at the college along with the town's authorities and residents. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Yes. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1967) is an historical novel by Australian author John Lindsay. The novel was adapted for the movie by Australian screenwriter Cliff Green. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Many rumors and urban legends claim that this movie is based on a true story. Author Joan Lindsay has always been vague when asked if the novel was based on fact, but researchers have been unable to find any evidence that anything like what is depicted in the book or movie happened either at Hanging Rock or anywhere else in Australia. While some still maintain that it's all a true story, that claim is not supported by facts, and the best information says it's all fiction. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Yes. The plant is known scientifically as Mimosa pudica and familiarly as the "sensitive plant" or as "touch-me-not." Its leaves do, indeed, fold up when touched. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • The police declare that Miranda, Marion, and Miss McCraw are presumed dead. As the students and staff continue to drop out of the school, Mrs Appleyard (Rachel Roberts) turns to drinking. She informs Sara (Margaret Nelson) that she will be returned to the orphanage because her guardian has not paid her tuition and fees in over six months then lies to the staff by telling that Sara has been taken away by her guardian. The next morning, Sara is found dead in the greenhouse, having jumped or been pushed out of her second-story bedroom window. When Mr Whitehead (Frank Gunnell) goes to report the death to Mrs Applyard, he find her already dressed in her black mourning clothes. While she sits at her desk staring blankly ahead, a voiceover says: The body of Mrs Arthur Appleyard, principal of Appleyard College, was found at the base of Hanging Rock on Friday the 27th of March, 1900. Although the exact circumstances of her death are not known, it is believed she fell while attempting to climb the rock. The search for the missing girls and their governess continued spasmodically for the next few years without success. To this day, their disappearance remains a mystery. The final scene pans slowly over the girls at the beginning of their picnic, ending with Miranda waving goodbye to Mlle de Portiers (Helen Morse). Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Many theories have been offered by viewers, including the usual things like they were murdered, they were abducted by aliens or spirits, they fell into a hole, or they got lost and succumbed to the Australian bush. More theories were presented in The Murders at Hanging Rock (1980) by Australian author Yvonne Rousseau. There is also "The Secret of Hanging Rock", a so-called "unpublished final chapter" of Joan Lindsay's 1967 book, that contains the solution to the mystery. It is said to have been "removed before publication" and not released until 1987, three years after Lindsay's death. The authorship of this "last chapter" has been challenged. No material evidence exists for the idea that it was written by Lindsay. For the record, it explains that the girls were sucked into a rift in space. The "final chapter," as well as several commentaries, can be read here. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • The Director's Cut is approximately eight and a half minutes shorter than the theatrical version and misses mostly scenes that show the close relationship between Michael and Irma. Edit (Coming Soon)


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