On Valentine’s Day, 1900, a party of schoolgirls picnicked at the site of a geological outcrop, Hanging Rock, in the state of Victoria, Australia. On that sun-scorched, languid summer day, a group of the girls and their teacher walked off towards the rock, drawn to its mystical nature, some never to be seen again. Among the disappeared is Miranda, the most popular girl in the school, loved by all who set eyes on her, with her goddess-like aura. Their inexplicable disappearance sparks an obsession in the search for the missing among all involved – fellow schoolgirls, teachers and the community.
With its themes of repressed female sexuality and suppressed desire within late-Victorian society alongside subtle critiques of colonialism, this unsettling and eerie tale combines mystery and the supernatural, with a hallucinatory and dreamlike feel, embodied in the line of an Edgar Allan Poe poem spoken by Miranda at the start of the film, “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream”.
Based on Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel of the same name, Peter Weir’s stunningly shot adaptation remains as beguiling and haunting today as when it was first released in 1975. This is a rare opportunity to see this classic masterpiece, beautifully restored in 2K.
- BBFC rating
- Running time
- 115 mins
- Peter Weir
- Rachel Roberts, Vivean Gray, Jacki Weaver