APERTURE: ASIA & PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL
Picnic at Hanging Rock
9 June, Regent Street Cinema, London
Peter Weir, Australia 1975, English, 115 mins, cert PG
On Valentine’s Day, 1900, a party of schoolgirls from Appleyard College picnicked at Hanging Rock near Mt. Macedon in the state of Victoria, Australia. A group of girls and a teacher walked off towards the rock, drawn to its mystical nature, some never to be seen again. The inexplicable disappearance sparks an obsession in the search for the missing among all involved. Peter Weir’s cinematic adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s beguiling novel is a beautifully shot, unsettling, eerie tale that remains as potent today as when it was first released in 1975, with its dreamlike mixture of horror, mystery and suppressed love. A classic masterpiece, beautifully restored in 2K.