Picnic at Hanging Rock: 40 Years of Mystery


Picnic and the NFSA

Note: Online exhibition updated in February 2016 to include a Q&A with actress Anne Louise Lambert and more Outtakes.

‘MIRANDAAAAAA!’

2015 marks the 40th anniversary of one of Australia’s best-loved films, Picnic at Hanging Rock, directed by Peter Weir. The NFSA is celebrating this milestone by sharing rare videos, costumes, props, oral history interviews, posters, photographs and documents from our collection – items that help us preserve and interpret this important film of Australian new wave cinema.

Based on the classic novel by Joan Lindsay, Picnic at Hanging Rock combines stunning cinematography and direction with an ethereal score. When asked to name five Australian films, from any time, many people would include Picnic at Hanging Rock in their list.

A critical and popular success, it helped establish Peter Weir’s international reputation and Australia’s place in world cinema. Perhaps a key factor in its enduring appeal is its plot – the mysterious disappearance of several schoolgirls and their teacher is never solved.

In conserving and making the materials accessible from the film, the NFSA aims to create a fuller record of the creative and technical achievements of Picnic. This exhibition focuses on both the original version of the film (1975) and later Director’s Cut (1998). Happy 40th Birthday Picnic!

Video

Outtakes

These are excerpts from reels of 35mm silent colour outtakes, trims of scenes and additional unused material acquired from Martin Sharp, who was credited on the film as 'Artistic Advisor to the Director’.

The first clip includes: Miranda (Anne Louise Lambert, credited as Anne Lambert) collecting flowers on the morning of the picnic; a schoolgirl at the window in a shot inspired by photographer David Hamilton (Bilitis, 1977); two schoolgirls applying rose petals as lipstick before the picnic; a melancholy Rosamund (Ingrid Mason) playing the piano after the schoolgirls’ disappearance while Sara (Margaret Nelson) watches; and Sara seated in the college grounds.

Outtakes from Picnic at Hanging Rock. Please note: this clip is silent. NFSA title: 1395795

The clip below includes: Miranda, Edith (Christine Schuler), Marion (Jane Vallis) and Irma (Karen Robson) pausing while exploring Hanging Rock; two takes of the four schoolgirls circling a boulder as Marion teases Edith; Irma sitting in an alcove as the other girls pass by; and two takes of Michael (Dominic Guard) gazing at Appleyard College, watched by Albert (John Jarratt) and Colonel and Mrs Fitzhubert (Peter Collingwood and Olga Dickie).

Outtakes from Picnic at Hanging Rock. Please note: this clip is silent. NFSA title: 1395795

The clip below includes: scenes of Mrs Appleyard (Rachel Roberts) climbing Hanging Rock, retracing the steps of the missing schoolgirls and encountering a vision of orphan Sara Waybourne (Margaret Nelson). Peter Weir shot these scenes for the original ending of the film but they were never used.

Outtakes from Picnic at Hanging Rock. Please note: this clip is silent. NFSA title: 1395795

See also Photographs (Scenes removed from the film) and Scripts (Script changes), below.

Trailers

'What is the secret of Hanging Rock? And who will it claim next?’

Two versions of the original Picnic at Hanging Rock trailer which screened ahead of the film’s Australian release in 1975.

Picnic at Hanging Rock trailer. NFSA title: 408487

The trailer below is nearly five minutes long and features narration by Sydney radio presenter John Laws.

Picnic at Hanging Rock long trailer. NFSA title: 18571

Costumes

Judith Dorsman was the chief costume designer for Picnic. She was only 26 years old at the time the film was released and collaborated with Wendy Stiles (Peter Weir’s wife, working under her maiden name) with assistance from Mandy Smith. The costumes in the online exhibition were donated to the NFSA by Anne Louise Lambert (Miranda’s picnic dress and school uniform, Sara’s pinafore) and Pat Lovell (Mademoiselle’s picnic dress).


Miranda (played by Anne Lambert) lingers in the viewer’s imagination long after she disappears from the film. Dressed in a delicate white muslin frock at the picnic, her appearance creates an allusion to Botticelli’s painting 'The Birth of Venus’ (c1485) and her image dominated the film’s marketing.

Lambert provided the NFSA with the following notes on the costume: 'The daisy pattern in the lace trim of the dress was Miranda’s favourite flower. The butterfly-buckle was selected because like her, their lives are beautiful and brief.’

Miranda (Anne Louise Lambert, credited as Anne Lambert) wearing the picnic dress in the film. NFSA title: 446165


Helen Morse’s Mademoiselle Dianne de Poitiers, the French and Dancing mistress at Appleyard College, is a model of grace and elegance.

She wears a high-throated Edwardian gown of cream silk, with a modest train. The bodice is decorated with a confection of lace, and the dress is perfectly matched at the picnic with parasol, straw boater and shoes.

Mlle Dianne de Poitiers (Helen Morse) wearing the silk picnic dress in the film. NFSA title: 481112


There is no pretty summer dress for orphan Sara, played by Margaret Nelson, who is forbidden from attending the picnic.

Sara’s costumes are plain and her hairstyles severe. The starched pinafore covers a practical school uniform skirt and blouse. The ensemble conveys no sense of the wearer’s body shape and is without personal touches or decoration.

Sara Waybourne (Margaret Nelson) wearing the pinafore in the film. NFSA title: 446180


The everyday school uniform worn at Appleyard College is very different from the festive picnic costumes. Consisting of a blue and white blouse and dark skirt, it is designed to subdue individuality and promote uniformity.

NFSA title: 1408814. Click image to enlarge.

The uniform photographed above belonged to Miranda. The restrained cut of the skirt and blouse make a strong contrast with the white dress she wears on the day of the picnic.

We only see Miranda wearing the school uniform in a head-and-shoulders photograph on the 'Missing’ poster (pictured left).

Miranda is otherwise only shown dressed in white, though we see other girls in uniform during classroom scenes at the college.

Props and artefacts

Picnic’s props are a mixture of period artefacts and items made especially for the film. Martin Sharp had an intimate knowledge of the book and some of the props used in the film were at his suggestion.

'Missing’ poster noticeboard, Prayer and hymn book

Made for the film, the painted wooden noticeboard with 'missing’ poster attached appears at the picnic grounds towards the end of the story. It is a melancholic object – signifying the passing of time and the fruitless search for the missing girls.

The small bound Church of England prayer and hymn book has gold embossed lettering on the spine and front cover that reads 'Common Prayer Hymns A&M’ (Ancient and Modern). It was used in the church scenes towards the end of the original cut when the congregation ironically sings ‘Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee’ – a clue to the mystery perhaps?

'Missing’ poster noticeboard and Prayer and hymn book: original props and as seen in the film. NFSA titles: 481095 and 675733.

Spyglass, opera binoculars

The brass extendable spyglass with lens cover and leather jacket is listed among the props for Colonel Fitzhubert’s study (pictured in the gallery below) but it is not easily visible. Similarly, the pair of bone and gilt brass opera glasses in their soft leather case is hard to spot in the original cut of the film but was among the props donated to the NFSA by the South Australian Film Corporation.

Spyglass and opera binoculars from the film. NFSA titles: 675737 and 675729.

Sammy: the seal of approval

Picnic at Hanging Rock was the big winner at the first Australian Film and TV Awards, compered by Paul Hogan and handed out at the Sydney Opera House on 7 October 1976. The awards were presented by TV Times magazine on the Seven television network for the Variety Club of Australia. The 'Sammy Awards’ were so named for the seal that adorned the top of the statuette given to winners.

Picnic won four awards: Best Feature Film, Film Actress (Helen Morse), Direction (Peter Weir) and Art Direction (David Copping), and was named runner-up in Best Actor (Dominic Guard) and Actress (Rachel Roberts). For more on Picnic and film awards, see Trivia.

The Best Picture 'Sammy Award’ won by Picnic at Hanging Rock in October 1976. The inscription reads: Australian TV and Film Awards 1976 Best Feature Film Picnic at Hanging Rock Presented by TV Times for the Variety Club of Australia. NFSA title: 1061218.

Anne Louise Lambert video Q&A

Anne Louise Lambert, who played Miranda, visited the NFSA in August 2015 to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film and launch the online exhibition. She attended a special screening of the film in Arc cinema and spoke with Cris Kennedy afterwards, also taking questions from the audience:

Playlist of clips from Q&A with Anne Louise Lambert, Miranda in Picnic at Hanging Rock, at the NFSA in August 2015.

You can watch clips from the Q&A with Anne Louise Lambert in the YouTube playlist above. The playlist includes each question as an individual clip as well as a 20-minute clip of the entire Q&A.

She answers questions about returning to Hanging Rock in recent years; how the film changed her life; what it was like as a young actress working with director Peter Weir; what she would change now about her performance; and her reactions to seeing the film again after many years.

You can also read a transcript of an interview with Anne on the NFSA blog.

Oral History interviews

The NFSA Oral History program provides personal recollections of careers in film, TV, radio or recorded sound. Picnic at Hanging Rock actors and filmmakers share their memories from making the film below.

Helen Morse

In the first clip, Helen Morse talks about almost playing the orphan Sara in a theatrical adaptation of Picnic at Hanging Rock by Jim Sharman before she was cast as Mademoiselle Dianne de Poitiers in the film.

In the second clip, Helen Morse describes how artist Martin Sharp influenced the film.

In the third clip, Helen Morse explains how they found the Edgar Allan Poe quote that opens the film and describes some of the strange things that happened while filming at Hanging Rock.

Helen Morse played Mademoiselle Dianne de Poitiers, the French and Dancing mistress at Appleyard College. She was nominated for Best Actress at the 1976 AFI Awards for Picnic and Caddie, and won the award for the latter role. Margaret Leask interviewed her in 2015 for the NFSA’s Oral History program (NFSA title: 1307734).

John Jarratt

John Jarratt talks about the role of Albert Crundall, working with Peter Weir, and 'playing himself 100 years ago’.

John Jarratt was interviewed by Alec Morgan in 2013 for the NFSA’s Oral History program (NFSA title: 1159260).

Patricia Lovell

Patricia Lovell talks about finding the book of Picnic at Hanging Rock, why she fell in love with it, approaching Peter Weir, meeting Joan Lindsay and seeing Hanging Rock for the first time.

Above: Patricia Lovell was interviewed by Martha Ansara in 1993 for the NFSA (NFSA title: 274622).

Cliff Green

Cliff Green talks about adapting the book of Picnic at Hanging Rock into a screenplay, Peter Weir’s input into the script, getting lost on Hanging Rock, and how a suggestion he made on location added to one of the most memorable moments in the film.

Cliff Green was interviewed by Ina Bertrand in 2007 for the NFSA’s Oral History program (NFSA title: 721342). You can listen to all of Cliff Green’s comments on Picnic in an extended extract from the interview on the NFSA’s SoundCloud channel.

Russell Boyd ACS ASC

Cinematographer Russell Boyd talks about the revelatory experience of working with Peter Weir and how he achieved the soft, warm look of the film with a simple practical effect.

Russell Boyd was interviewed by Martha Ansara in 1978 (NFSA title: 227563).

Music

Gheorghe Zamfir

The main musical theme of Picnic at Hanging Rock comes from the pan flute recordings of Romanian Gheorghe Zamfir, backed by Swiss-born organist Marcel Cellier.

You can listen to the two pieces featured in the film, 'Doina Sus Pe Culmea Dealului’ and 'Doina Lui Petru Unc’, on Gheorghe Zamfir’s SoundCloud channel.

Piano sheet music for 'Theme from Picnic at Hanging Rock’ composed by Gheorghe Zamfir. NFSA title: 348583.

Bruce Smeaton

Australian composer Bruce Smeaton wrote the film’s haunting 'Ascent Music’. This version is taken from Roger Woodward’s 1996 album Moving Pictures: Solo Piano Music from the Movies:

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'Ascent Music’ performed by Roger Woodward, 1996.

  NFSA title: 291506

The 'Ascent Music’ in the film is backed by a ghostly choir sound produced by Smeaton’s playing of the mellotron electronic keyboard. Woodward’s version is a model of simplicity with his flowing piano notes rippling like water; the instrument is played at a faster tempo than in the movie, this version of the 'Ascent Music’ only slowing for the forlorn sounding conclusion.

Piano sheet music for 'Ascent Music’ from Picnic at Hanging Rock composed by Bruce Smeaton. NFSA title: 386239.

In this excerpt from an interview with Bruce conducted during the making of the film, he talks about some of the composers and artists Peter Weir listened to – from Chopin and Stravinsky to Pink Floyd and Hawkwind – before settling on Gheorghe Zamfir’s pan-flute music for the film’s key music.

Bruce Smeaton was interviewed by Peter Beilby and Ivan Hutchinson in 1975 for Cinema Papers (NFSA title: 420411).

No official soundtrack for Picnic was ever released, but several versions of the 'Ascent Music’ have been recorded since 1975. This version appeared on Bruce Smeaton Film and Television Themes, released in 1988:

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'Ascent Music’ performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, 1988.

  NFSA title: 211051

It is performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, though initially you only hear the mournful sound of a harpsichord, a classical keyboard instrument whose use evokes the past (just as the film looks back to an earlier era). Gradually the rest of the orchestra joins the recording. A series of increasingly loud orchestral stings punctuate the main melody, still played by the harpsichord but slower now, until the piece ends with a dramatic flourish.

The most unusual version of the 'Ascent Music’, at least in terms of faithfulness to the original, appears on the CD collection Bonnet Dramas Revisited: Music from the Great Costume Dramas (2010):

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'Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) Theme (Smeaton)’ from Bonnet Dramas Revisited (2010).

  NFSA title: 811902

'Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) Theme (Smeaton)’ is a nearly five-minute suite of music that sounds pleasant but does little to evoke the mysterious atmosphere of the film. Over a minute in, a variation of Zamfir’s flute melody briefly appears before transforming into another tune entirely. Finally, at the three-and-a-half minute mark we hear Smeaton’s familiar refrain. It sounds warmer and softer than the original, with caressing support from flute and strings. Rather than build to a strong finish, it gently fades out.

Posters

Posters represent the marketing aspect of filmmaking but also stand as artistic statements in their own right. Here are some vivid, colourful and subtly different interpretations of Picnic at Hanging Rock from around the world. The one thing most of the posters have in common is the prominent featuring of Miranda (Anne Lambert). She is the focus of the film’s many themes – loss, innocence and otherworldliness. The exception is the French poster which sees the film as more of an ensemble piece.

Australian and international posters for Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Lobby cards

Like posters, lobby cards could be displayed in the cinema lobby to entice people to buy tickets to a movie. Seen together in sequence they tell the story of the film by depicting key characters and moments. These lobby cards all date from the original release of Picnic at Hanging Rock in 1975 and include a scene that was removed from the 1998 Director’s Cut.

A series of lobby cards prepared for the 1975 release of Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Photographs

Still images taken on a production show us cast and crew interacting, and key scenes or themes used to publicise the film.

Scenes removed from the film

The images in this gallery are from scenes shot in 1975 but never included in the film. Also featured are scenes from the 1975 version of the film that were removed from the 1998 Director’s Cut.

Photographs taken during the making of Picnic at Hanging Rock showing scenes not featured in the Director’s Cut.

See also Video (Outtakes), above and Scripts (Script changes), below.

Images from the film

These images were taken during production of the film in 1975. Filming took place in Victoria and South Australia in February-March 1975.

Photographs taken during the making of Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Scripts

1974 telegram with Harold Pinter’s reaction to the script. Click to enlarge.

  NFSA title: 348804

Filmmaking leaves a paper trail through its many stages of development. Scripts collected by the NFSA reveal changes between first drafts and the final shooting script; scenes and sequences are cut and reshaped along the way.

When David Williamson was too busy to adapt Picnic at Hanging Rock, he suggested Cliff Green for the job. Unusually, novelist Joan Lindsay had a right of final approval over the film’s director and writer and met with Weir and Green personally to ensure her story was in safe hands.

Right: a 1974 telegram from one of the producers, Hal and Jim McElroy, to the chair of the Australian Film Development Corporation (a forerunner to Screen Australia) about the casting of Vivien Merchant (to play Mrs Appleyard) and Dominic Guard (Michael Fitzhubert).

At the time, Vivien was married to Harold Pinter and the producer makes sure to include the acclaimed playwright and screenwriter’s comments on the Picnic script.

Screenplay proposal

Cliff Green’s script proposal document for Picnic at Hanging Rock, outlining his initial thoughts on the novel and how to adapt it into a film. He begins with his proposed opening scenes (not ultimately used).

A proposal for a screenplay of Picnic at Hanging Rock by Cliff Green, who adapted Joan Lindsay’s novel of the same name for director Peter Weir. NFSA title: 348804

Script changes

A selection of script pages of scenes and dialogue cut from the film or dropped during filming. They include: the film’s original opening (with female voice-over); extra dialogue scenes that take place at Appleyard College; the meeting of Albert and Irma in his attic bedroom (a scene later reworked for the original release and dropped from the Director’s Cut); Irma and Sara reunited at the college; Michael inviting Albert to travel with him to Queensland; several short scenes relating to Sara’s death; and the film’s original ending with Mrs Appleyard climbing the Rock.

A selection of changed and deleted scenes from the 1975 script for Picnic at Hanging Rock. NFSA title: 723600

See also Video (Outtakes) and Photographs (Scenes removed from the film), above.

Final release script

Here are excerpts from the final release script of Picnic at Hanging Rock. These pages reflect the film as it looked and sounded prior to its initial release in 1975.

Scenes featured include the girls’ disappearance at Hanging Rock and a sequence removed from the Director’s Cut beginning with Irma meeting Albert and ending with the college girls in church.

Excerpts from the final release script of Picnic at Hanging Rock, 1975. NFSA title: 722003

Documents

A lot of paper is produced in the making of a film! Especially in a pre-internet era of typed memos, telegrams and handwritten notes, the environment in which Picnic was made.

Sketches and props

Architectural sketch for Lake View boathouse and garden party marquee. Click image to enlarge.

  NFSA title: 540752

A great deal of care went into the production design of Picnic at Hanging Rock. The Art Director was David Copping, and his architectural sketch for the boathouse at Lake View can be seen at right. Martin Sharp was not a member of the art department but contributed additional props to certain scenes.

The gallery below features sketches and prop lists prepared by the art department. The smallest of details can bring a set and character vividly to life, from the toffee papers and 'colourful (awful) bedspread’ in Edith’s room to the 'book open at a place (French poetry)’ in Mademoiselle’s bedroom.

Strathalbyn in South Australia doubled for Victoria’s Woodend in 1900, chosen because it 'retained the character of the era’, according to a 1975 report in the Adelaide Advertiser newspaper. 'All we have to do is … take down some signs and disguise telephone poles’.

A selection of prop sketches and listings for Picnic at Hanging Rock. NFSA title: 348804.

Production and filming

Picnic at Hanging Rock began filming on location at Hanging Rock itself, on 3 February 1975. The production moved to South Australia on 14 February, coincidentally St Valentine’s Day – the day of the year on which the key events of the film take place. The documents below mark the start of filming and include samples of production call sheets and shooting schedules.

A selection of documents about the filming of Picnic at Hanging Rock. NFSA title: 348804.

Cannes Film Festival 1976 publicity kit

Picnic at Hanging Rock had already been on Australian screens for nine months when it screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1976 but the festival was a vital step in the film’s promotion to the rest of the world. The bilingual publicity kit below includes information about the film’s Australian box-office performance as at May 1976.

Picnic at Hanging Rock bilingual publicity kit for the 1976 Cannes Film Festival. NFSA title: 540826.

Promotional

How do you promote an unsolved mystery? An undated production memo compares Picnic’s open-endedness to other popular mysteries like the Marie Celeste or Chariots of the Gods (1970, a then recent Oscar-nominated documentary based on a bestselling book about possible alien intervention in human history).

The gallery below also includes examples of how Australian cinemas, like Adelaide’s Hindley Cinemas where Picnic premiered, advertised the film on its first release.

A selection of promotional documents for Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Acknowledgements

With special thanks to Ingrid Weir and Peter Weir, without whom this exhibition would not have been possible. Thanks also to Helen Morse, John Jarratt, Cliff Green, Russell Boyd, Bruce Smeaton and Jenny Lovell for permission to reproduce interviews; David Critchley, for his research into Picnic outtakes and photographs; Jonathan Raynor’s chapter on Picnic in The Films of Peter Weir (2nd ed., 2003).

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Right: Coloured glass slide used for advertising Picnic at Hanging Rock at the cinema. Commercially manufactured theatrical projector glass slides like this were shown before the feature and at intervals during the night’s screenings.

Comments

This is a wonderful and exhaustive presentation. Both excellent and fascinating to read, look at and listen to. Many thanks for sharing it with us.

A great film.

The beauty of this film is in the unsolved mystery and magnificent scenery. This is further enhanced by the use of the eerie music.

Fascinating read. The details that went into the movie are amazing, such as the type of flowers in Miranda's dress. Glad so much has been preserved from what was such an important film in our history. Thank you for review.

Veronica Roach on 05 Aug 2015, 7:55 p.m.

I love it. Thank You so much.

Yes, a wonderful film that has stuck with me all these years. Great to see the preservation of all this detail...

I didn't understand it fully (as a young teen) when the film first screened. But years later (after "coming out" myself), I was grief stricken by the character that committedd suicide. This coupled with the mystery of the disappearances was truly disturbing AND beautiful....

I FINALLY visited Hanging Rock a few years ago. WOW. It was a magical day. Cool crevaces and leafy glades..to hot outcrops at the top.. and staggering views to the flat country surrounding. Etherial. All the time meandering through it all. Time seemed suspended.

Thank you so much for posting this exhibition online for the world to enjoy. It's a gold mine of the best of Australian film culture and hard to believe it's 40 years ago!

picnicathangingrocklocations.wordpress.com on 07 Aug 2015, 1:35 p.m.

Can you post the original ending of this movie with Miss Appleayrd and Sara?

Maria, that is certainly something we would love to add in a future update of the exhibition.

Stephen Groenewegen on 20 Aug 2015, 2:53 p.m.

An absolutely amazing site. I had only recently discovered this cinematic gem and decided to find out more about it when I came across this page. Thank you for all the hard work!

David Floyd on 23 Aug 2015, 1:07 a.m.

Certainly wonderfully informative and well presented, deserving of being widely seen. What a wealth of material. I guess it may be mentioned in NFSA newsletter.

David Donaldson on 23 Aug 2015, 3:33 p.m.

What a great collection of material around this wonderful film. I was involved in the answer print screening of "Picnic" all those years ago, so I have the great privilege of being among the first dozen people in the world to have seen the absolute complete and finished version of the film. We knew then it was something special - and how well it has lasted as an icon of Australia 's fil renaissance of the 70s. Thanks NFSA for posting this exhibition.

Dominic Case on 26 Aug 2015, 5:56 a.m.

In the early 80s I saw "Picnic" for the first time. It was on Dutch television and I was a kid on a camping trip over here in Zealand, watching a small battery-powered black & white TV. I was terrified for days.
Years later, after the director's cut, I rediscovered the film and I love it. Many thanks for this online exhibition!

Emiel de Jong on 22 Sep 2015, 7:13 p.m.

I get emotional too much about the final scene

Are there still plans to post the final scenes of the film? I am sure that many, many people who like the story and the film would love to see them in their completeness.

Thank you so much! So great to see this after having heard of these scenes so many years ago!
The only thing I still miss is the very final scene where they strecher Mrs. Appleyard's body below Hanging Rock. Will this be shown, too?

Frank Biede on 27 Feb 2016, 12:23 a.m.

This online archive is fantastic.
Does anyone know what the actress Margaret Nelson (Sara) is now doing?

Nat, Margaret Nelson is believed to have left the acting profession long ago and nothing is known about what she is doing now. You can read some more about her on this unofficial fan page: http://www.collectingbooksandmagazine...

Stephen Groenewegen on 14 Mar 2016, 10:37 a.m.

An amazing film. Such beautiful work by everyone involved. Will the original cut ever be released on DVD? I miss the scenes I remember from watching it the first time as a schoolgirl.

Cate, the original version of 'Picnic' is only available in a 3-DVD 'Deluxe edition' released in the UK in 2008 but still available online.

Stephen Groenewegen on 15 Mar 2016, 9:39 a.m.

I have loved Picnic at Hanging Rock since I saw it in the 1970's.
Thank you for this wonderful information. The movie (and the book) have haunted me since my teens. The story was so well told in both print and on screen. Australia produces such great work in the field of arts. (I must admit I was little saddened by the re-cuts by Peter Weir) but congratulations to all cast and crew for a magnificent and lasting movie. " A dream within a dream"

Lance Barrett on 28 Apr 2016, 5:39 p.m.

Thank you for this brilliant online exhibition! I am fascinated with all presented images, posters, outtakes, scripts... "Picnic" is my favourite film and it was a pleasure to see all these shots which were missed in Director's cut, especially the mesmeric ending with Sara and Mrs Appleyard.
Great job, NFSA!

Hi Marta
We're glad you enjoyed it! Have a look at our other online exhibitions too.
- Adam (NFSA)

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