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Picnic at Hanging Rock

On a warm St Valentine's Day in 1900 some schoolgirls from a boarding school in Victoria picnic at nearby Hanging Rock. Four girls venture forth on their own; one, Edith, falls asleep and wakes to find the other three have taken off their shoes and stockings and are climbing higher.

On a warm St Valentine’s Day in 1900 some schoolgirls from a boarding school in Victoria picnic at nearby Hanging Rock. Four girls venture forth on their own; one, Edith, falls asleep and wakes to find the other three have taken off their shoes and stockings and are climbing higher.

The police are called to make an unsuccessful search. A young Englishman, Michael, also searches, spends the night alone by the rock and next day is found with a mysterious head wound but no memory of happenings. Later, one of the girls, Irma, is also found with a similar head wound and no memory of events.

Visually it probably is one of the most beautiful pix ever seen, with Aussie flora and fauna and wonderful blue skies. Everything has been carefully re-created with loving exactitude.

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Australia

  • Production: SAFC. Director Peter Weir; Producer Jim McElroy, Hal McElroy; Screenplay Cliff Green; Camera Russell Boyd; Music Bruce Smeaton; Art Director David Copping
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1975. Running time: 115 MIN.
  • With: Rachel Roberts Dominic Guard Vivian Gray Helen Morse Kirsty Child Anne Lambert
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