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Picnic at Hanging Rock


Rachel Roberts, Dominic Guard, Helen Morse, Jacki Weaver View All


Clifford Green (Screenplay), Peter Weir (Director) View All

Release: Sep. 2nd, 1975
Runtime: 1 hour, 55 minutes
In the early 1900s, Miranda attends a girls boarding school in Australia. One Valentine's Day, the school's typically strict headmistress treats the girls to a picnic field trip to an unusual but scenic volcanic formation called Hanging Rock. Despite rules against it, Miranda and several other girls venture off. It's not until the end of the day that the faculty realizes the girls and one of the teachers have disappeared mysteriously.
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7 Picnic at Hanging Rock
Finally got around to seeing this movie and it's quite a mindf*** - definitely the kind of film that I think merits serious discussion on MoFo, so I thought I'd open this page for discussion. I ju...
6 Picnic at Hanging Rock miniseries?
Supposedly it will air this year in Australia as six part series on Foxtel. I am curious to see what they do with it. Not sure where is the USA I could watch it, but I will keep en eye on it. ...

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Not just because it's filmed in a beautiful rural Australian setting but because the director takes such great care with his compositions and lighting.
Valentine's Day, where three young girls and a teacher disappear without a trace while on a school picnic at Hanging Rock, Victoria, leaving the worried town desperately trying to solve the mystery.Thoughts: Based on Joan Lindsay's novel of the same name, "Picnic at Hanging Rock" manages to turn an ordinary girls school summer picnic, into a dreadful and haunting disappearance case that you sure want to help and solve.My favourite part of the experience is listening to the music that flowed very well with the occurring events, which consisted of classical pieces from legendary composers such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, not to mention, the haunting panpipe music and other original compositions.I'm a huge fan of slow burns and I found myself shocked at how bored I was during the second act of this film, where it kinda lost me for a while, and the reason for that was because of how uneventful and unexciting everything was.
Until we arrive at the scene which, in my opinion, is the culmination of Picnic at Hanging Rock, it was this instance that made the "click" in my head where I really understood the premiss of this film - the out of nowhere and unexpected collective hysteria in the dance class demanding explanations to a key piece of the mystery that had been rescued alive but makes no attempt whatsoever to clarify about what happened.
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