Sunday, November 15, 2009

Silver Screen Sunday {Picnic at Hanging Rock}

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Seeing as the weather is heating up (quite the understatement, I assure you) I thought I would take a little look at some summer movies for Silver Screen Sunday. The first, Peter Weir's hauntingly beautiful Picnic at Hanging Rock, takes me back further than I usually go, with its setting, to the end of the Victorian era. I mentioned the film quite briefly a little while ago but I felt it deserved a post of its own.

The film is based on the novel of the same name, written by Joan Lindsay, which I have actually started to read just recently. I think this summary from is perfect:

Three students and a school teacher disappear on an excursion to Hanging Rock, in Victoria, on Valentine's Day, 1900. Widely (and incorrectly) regarded as being based on a true story, the movie follows those that disappeared, and those that stayed behind, but it delights in the asking of questions, not the answering of them.

The cinematography by Oscar winner Russell Boyd is absolutely divine. It's dreamy and Romantic and, along with the beautiful score by Bruce Smeaton, certainly creates the eerie mood of the film.

The costumes are also quite lovely, I think, although I couldn't imagine wearing anything like them in the Australian summer! I took some time, yesterday, to screencap the film and you can see the full set here, but I've selected a few for this post -

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And I've also picked out some items that I feel capture the dreaminess of the film starting with these three gorgeous dresses.

Found here at etsy.

I'd actually quite like this one for myself. Alas, I am too poor...found here at etsy.

Found here at etsy.

A hat is essential to keep the sun off of your head, and they're all quite darling.

Found here at etsy.
Found here at etsy.

Found here at etsy.

One thing, in particular, I loved from the film was the abundance of parasols. I definitely need to get one for this summer.

Found here.
Found here.
Found here.

I was also quite delighted by the excitement of the girls' when they could finally remove their gloves!

Found here at etsy.

To anyone who hasn't seen it, I urge you to do so! Here's the trailer, which will hopefully convince you (although it's much darker than the actual film, unfortunately) -

Andi B. Goode


  1. i can't get enough of this movie at the moment, i've watched it so many times hahah best excuse ever for my art history tutorial

  2. My favourite Australian film of all time, I could watch it over and over...and I have :)

  3. This is one of my favourite films. I remember being slightly obsessed with it when I was a teenager. You could say I was as enamoured with Miranda as her school friends are in the film.
    And you are right, the cinematography is divine.
    Take care of yourself in the heat!

  4. Oh wow, it seems everyone has watched it but me! Those dresses are just amazing, imagine how hot they would have been in this HOT weather.


  5. I am feeling for you all in Adelaide. It's just not fair to have that unseasonal heat. Glad I'm in Perth.

    I've never actually seen this movie, but I think I will have to after your review.

  6. that film scared me a bit, creepy but damn good!

  7. Absolutely lurve this film. Hear you're having a little bit of a heatwave over there (it even made our news) i will think of you melting if you promise to think of us drowning like rats in incessant rain x

  8. thanks for your film reviews! I am always looking for recommendations. I'll try to find this one.
    love your blog.

  9. yes, one of my very favourites also, my first girl crush I think :-)

  10. I read the book when I was young, and it scared me somewhat! I thought it was based on a true story D:

    I just looooove parasols in summer; I have one cream one but am looking to expand my collection. I think a lacquered, asian style one would be lovely...

  11. Oh looks dreamy, I don't understand when they put out trailers that improperly represent a film.

  12. Oh, the inspiration for swanning about on breezy summer days!

  13. wow, these are such amazing finds. you make me want to go out and watch it again. definitely an eery and mysterious film.

  14. I love white dresses in that style, and parasols. :)

  15. Hi Andi!!!!
    Congrats on winning! You can email me your address (and if you have a favorite picture of yourself that you'd like me to use as a starting point you can send it, but you have so many for me to choose from on your blog already!).
    This movie looks so interesting! I'll have to rent it.

  16. What fabulous floaty frocks all around. I think that I would adore wearing one.
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

  17. Phebe: That's awesome. I was thinking of how you did your tutorial on the film when I did this.
    Harry: I've actually only seen it twice! Eep.
    Louise: Neat. =D It's great to see so many fans of the film.
    Rose: You have to watch it ;]
    Emma: sigh. It sure isn't fair! And definitely watch the film!
    Betty Lou: I think that's the perfect way to describe it.
    Jen: I will most certainly be thinking of you in the rain.
    TheMoomKitty: I'm glad you like them! I hope you enjoy this film (if you find it). =D
    AbleGrable: Hee. Awesome! =D
    Miss Emmi: So many people have thought it's based on a true story. I think that goes to show how good a story it is.
    Eyeliah: It's fab. Oh, I know - trailers should show a film for what it is.
    Ellie: It certainly is.
    esme and the lane way: You should ;]
    calivintage: Thanks =]
    April: They're just lovely, aren't they?
    Amanda: Thanks! I shall email you.
    Marie: =D I'd adore wearing one, too.


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