This time on the podcast, Trevor Berrett and David Blakeslee discuss Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock.
This sensual and striking chronicle of a disappearance and its aftermath put director Peter Weir on the map and helped usher in a new era of Australian cinema. Based on an acclaimed 1967 novel by Joan Lindsay, Picnic at Hanging Rock is set at the turn of the twentieth century and concerns a small group of students from an all- female college who vanish, along with a chaperone, while on a St. Valentine’s Day outing. Less a mystery than a journey into the mystic, as well as an inquiry into issues of class and sexual repression in Australian society, Weir’s gorgeous, disquieting film is a work of poetic horror whose secrets haunt viewers to this day.
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- Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) – The Criterion Collection
- Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) – IMDb
- Picnic at Hanging Rock – Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia
- Trevor’s review of Picnic at Hanging Rock