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form y separately published work icon Picnic at Hanging Rock single work   film/TV   mystery   horror  
Adaptation of Picnic at Hanging Rock Joan Lindsay , 1967 single work novel
Issue Details: First known date: 1975... 1975 Picnic at Hanging Rock
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On St Valentine's Day 1900, three schoolgirls and a teacher from an exclusive English-style boarding school go missing at the mysterious Hanging Rock in central Victoria. One of the girls is found alive a week later, but the others are never seen again. As morale within the school begins to disintegrate, the headmistress's increasingly incoherent anger is turned towards one student, leading to tragic consequences. Although the police suspect Michael Fitzhubert, a young English aristocrat, and his manservant Albert, who were in the area at the time the girls disappeared, the mystery is never solved. As Paul Byrnes (Australian Screen) notes, the suggested scenarios range from the 'banal and explicable (a crime of passion) to deeply mystical (a crime of nature).'

[Source: Australian Screen]


  • This film is included in Australian Screen's collection 'Horror in Australian Cinema: (Sighted: 6/7/2012)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Form: screenplay
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Cheshire , 1975 .
      Extent: 110p.p.
      Description: illus.
      • Illustrated with photographs.

      ISBN: 0701521988

Works about this Work

The Isolation at the Heart of Australian Horror Nina Culley , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings [Online] , November 2020;

'Australian horror films have always had a unique fascination with the continent’s landscape. Though the genre has evolved from the Ozploitation era into more complex territory, it remains moulded by the terra nullius myth and a colonial sense of disconnection from the land. '

Dangerous Locations : The Missing Person in Australian Cinema Dean Biron , Tiffany Sutherland , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: Screen Education , no. 95 2019; (p. 64-71)
Great Aussie Female Movie Characters Erin Free , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 8 March 2019;
(Sweet) Sixteen Great Australian Teen Films Erin Free (editor), 2016 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 20 May 2016;
Feed Your Mind at One of the World's Great Festivals Amanda Blair , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 17 October 2015; (p. 13)
Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir, 1975) Darragh O’Donoghue , 2014 single work
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , March no. 70 2014;

— Review of Picnic at Hanging Rock Cliff Green , 1975 single work film/TV
Script Bare Mark Juddery , 2004 single work column satire
— Appears in: Limelight , May 2004; (p. 15)
A satirical comment on scriptwriting in the form of a letter from Holywood script assessor 'Buster Block' of Imperial Studios.
Between the Rock and a Dark Place Rachel Wells , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 14 February 2005; (p. 4)
y separately published work icon No Picnic : An Autobiography Pat Lovell , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1995 Z1224962 1995 single work autobiography
Hanging Rock, desafiante misterio 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hontanar , March no. 84 2006; (p. 2-3)
Going on a Cinematic Picnic Jane Freebury , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 18 October 2007; (p. 8)
Film producer Pat Lovell had a key role in the Australian film revival of the 1970s.
Last amended 30 Aug 2017 08:03:32
  • Mount Macedon, Gisborne - Woodend area, Sunbury - Kyneton area, Melbourne, Victoria,
  • Gisborne - Woodend area, Sunbury - Kyneton area, Melbourne, Victoria,
  • 1900
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