Picnic at Hanging Rock

Picnic at Hanging Rock

DVD - 2018
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"A penetrating reimagining of the iconic and timeless Australian novel, Picnic at Hanging Rock depicts the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and their governess on Valentine's Day, 1900. The complex, interwoven narrative charts the subsequent investigation and the event's far-reaching impact on the students, families, and staff of Appleyard College and on the nearby township. Theories abound, long-held secrets are exposed, and paranoia and hysteria set in, as in vastly differing ways their lives are changed forever."--Container.

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ba_library
Jan 12, 2019

I borrowed the original film by Peter Weir recently (been awhile since I had seen it) and saw this more recent miniseries. Peter Weir says in the bonus extras on that DVD, that he was attracted to the story because it is a mystery without a solution. I know many people do not like the fact that the mystery has no solution (perhaps that is what made it intriguing for a filmmaker.) I thought the original film was very good—with moody atmosphere and ambiguity (beautifully filmed). I found this miniseries way too long (6 episodes). It develops the characters more, but that doesn’t make the story any more interesting or more conclusive (just long). Now, I need to read the book and see/feel how the story was written.

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LauraSteinert
Dec 16, 2018

Some of the acting is good, and some left me wondering if it was the actors’ problem or the director’s. It is a bit confusing as the out of sequence scenes just drop in with no warning or change in color. Realistic in many ways—women trying to have a career when there were few socially acceptable ways for women to work, and girls being absolutely beastly to everyone around them. I felt it went on a bit long and more judicious editing would have helped it, and I probably will not be watching it again. Not a good series to watch if you like things nicely explained and all wrapped up at the end.

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tenet
Sep 24, 2018

Rated 1/10.

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