January 05, 2004

Picnic At Hanging Rock

hangingrock.jpgThis movie is set in the late 1800s, but from the first frame it's sadly obvious that it was filmed in the 1970s. It tells the true story of a picnic trip to the titular Hanging Rock, a volcanic formation in Australia. The picnickers are a group of boarding school girls. It's hard to tell how old they're supposed to be. The actresses all look to be in their 20s, but they act somewhat like teenagers and somewhat like pre-teens. During the picnic, a few of the girls wander off and are never seen again. The remainder of the film follows the community's attempts to find them and come to terms with their disappearance. Directed by Peter Weir, the story almost seems to suggest that something occult or extraterrestrial was going on with lots of shots of the girls wandering off zombie-like accompanied by strange humming spooky music. The overall effect seems to have been intended to be artsy, and you can still watch it that way if you are very careful to maintain a straight face and elevated nose throughout. But if at any point you allow yourself to subside into giggles, you'll be as lost as those schoolgirls.

Posted by jeffy at January 5, 2004 11:21 PM

contrary to popular belief, this story isnt actually true. It is depicted in such a way that so many people have in fact believed that these events actually occured.

Posted by: renae at November 3, 2004 12:19 AM

it IS based on a true story, but it happened in 1880,not 1900, and it was not three frail schoolgirls who couldn't handle the harsh phallic rock blah blah but five young men who vanished
without trace. two of the men were geologists. one was named Lamont Young.

Posted by: clog at March 1, 2005 12:23 PM

Interesting. Has this been written about anywhere I might be able to find an account? A google search using the name "Lamont Young" and hanging rock implies that this info hasn't made it to the internet until your comment...

Posted by: jeffy at March 1, 2005 12:45 PM

i think people would like t know the full story insted of books and just little paragraphs

Posted by: jess at June 29, 2005 06:07 PM

i want the story not the stupd movies hat are going on about it

Posted by: emma at August 4, 2005 05:56 PM
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