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 imdb.com 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 -
And I've also picked out some items that I feel capture the dreaminess of the film starting with these three gorgeous dresses.
I'd actually quite like this one for myself. Alas, I am too poor...found here at etsy.
A hat is essential to keep the sun off of your head, and they're all quite darling.
One thing, in particular, I loved from the film was the abundance of parasols. I definitely need to get one for this summer.
I was also quite delighted by the excitement of the girls' when they could finally remove their gloves!
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