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Picnic at Hanging Rock

Geregisseerd door Peter Weir
Australië, 1975
Drama, Mysterie

Samenvatting

On a St. Valentine’s Day at the turn of the century, a party of girls from a strict boarding school go on an outing to Hanging Rock, a geological outcropping not far from their school. Part of the group vanish inexplicably.

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Picnic at Hanging Rock Geregisseerd door Peter Weir

Prijzen & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

1977 | Winnaar: Best Cinematography

1977 | 2 nominaties waaronder: Best Costume Design

AACTA International Awards

1976 | 7 nominaties waaronder: Best Film

For those watching Weir’s film today, as Australia still struggles to acknowledge its bloody colonial past, the unspoken violence resounds, as does the absurdity of Applewood Hall, surrounded by bush and closed off from the world so its corseted students can be educated in skills such as poetry and ballet.
February 20, 2017
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Even as human desire (for total knowledge, possession, sex, and even oblivion) brings about very real horrors in life, however, Weir doesn’t soften the rampant fear of death and the beyond. His sun-hued, bucolic images, sculpted by music by Bruce Smeaton, Gheorghe Zamfir, and Marcel Cellier, along with Bach, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky, convey nature’s eerie, ambivalent power over all.
June 30, 2014
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The opening frames of [the] film contrast the natural permanence of Hanging Rock with the man-made elevation of Appleyard College. This has led viewers to read the immutability of the landscape against the transience of the imperial project and settler ideology represented by the girls’ school. It is curious that an institution for girls run by a widow could be said to stand for rapacious white Australia, but its veneer of civilisation is soon scratched to reveal horror, neglect and chaos…
March 23, 2014
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