Picnic at Hanging Rock

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Peter Weir
Production: South Australian Film
  Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

stretch my legs a bit.

Oh, don't go too far... and be careful.

There could be snakes.

- How's it goin'?

- All right.

They finished eating, have they?


The colonel and the missus.

- They finished eating, have they?

- Oh, yes, they have.

Expect me up there in a minute, I suppose.

Clear away.

- Can't be more'n midday.

- No.

I thought it was a little early

for lunch myself.



Thank you.

You know, they always allow an hour

longer than it takes to get 'ere,

and then they got 'ere straight away.



Not that they got anything else to do.

I mean, they never go for

a walk or nothin'.

Get on! Come on!

To St Valentine!

To St Valentine!

I hope you have learned

your poetry, Sara.

Sit up straight, child.

Hold your shoulders back.

You're getting a dreadful stoop.

Well, have you got your lines by heart?

Well, have you?

I can't. It doesn't make sense.

Sense? You little ignoramus!

Evidently you don't know

that Mrs Felicia Heymans is considered

one of the finest of our English poets.

I know another piece of poetry by heart.

It has ever so many verses, much more

than 'The Wreck of the Hesperus'.

Would that do?

What is the name of this poem?

'An Ode to St Valentine'.

lm not acquainted with it.

Where did you find it?

I didn't find it. I wrote it.

You wrote it?

'Love abounds, love surrounds'

Oh, no thank you, Sara. Strange as it

may seem, I still prefer Mrs Heymans.

Give me your book and proceed to

recite to me as far as you have gone.

Your book, please, Sara.

Thank you.

Go on.

I can't.

Not one line?

I shall leave you now, Sara.

I expect you to be word perfect when

I send Miss Lumley in in half an hour.

Otherwise, lm afraid I shall have to

send you to bed

instead of letting you stay up until

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Cliff Green

Cliff Green (born 6 Dec 1934, Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian screen writer, whose best known work is Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975). He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June 2009. This award was for services to the Australian film and television industry as a screenwriter and educator.His TV writing is used as an example of economy, wit and minimal formal camera directions in at least one screenwriting textbook. He also served on the board of the Victorian Film Corporation from 1977 to 1984. His screenplay 'Boy Soldiers' was the first Australian drama to receive an Emmy nomination. more…

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