Picnic at Hanging Rock + The Dressmaker
Double feature - Picnic at Hanging Rock + The Dressmaker
3:00pm: Picnic at Hanging Rock: 1975 | PG | 115mins | Australia | D: Peter Weir
A school group on a Valentine’s Day picnic go missing while exploring a haunting local landmark.
'Of the many challenges Peter Weir faced when bringing Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel Picnic at Hanging Rock to the big screen, perhaps the greatest was making a dramatically satisfying film about an unresolved mystery. Weir achieved that and then some. Infused with a dark and recondite beauty, his superb 1975 adaptation has played a huge role in sustaining the legend of Lindsay's story about a group of female private school students who vanish at the eponymous Victorian location in the early 1900s.' - Luke Buckmaster, The Guardian.
5:15pm: The Dressmaker: 2015 | M | 119mins | Australia | D: Jocelyn Moorhouse
The glamorous Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet) returns to the small Australian town she fled in her childhood, and wreaks havoc.
‘Director Jocelyn Moorhouse, in her first feature film since her short 1990s run in America with A Thousand Acres and How to Make an American Quilt, taps the western’s familiar beats of a righteous outcast thirsty for revenge. She skips to other time signatures when it suits the movie best: gothic mystery, as Tilly flashes back to the terrible day that determined her life’s course; quirky small-town comedy, cleverly cartographed when Tilly whacks golf balls at Main Street, where all her accusers live and work; and tender romance – if a halting one, as Tilly tries to resist the advances of her neighbour Teddy.’ - Kimberley Jones, The Austin Chronicle
See more events in Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits program.
The iconic white dress designed by Judith Dorsman and worn by Anne-Louise Lambert as ‘Miranda’ in Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) features in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, 10 November 2017 to 4 March 2018.
Stills photographer Ben King’s in-character portraits of Kate Winslet and Hugo Weaving, shot on the rural Victorian set of The Dressmaker (2015), feature in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, 10 November 2017 to 4 March 2018.