Lindsay wrote the Novel "Picnic at
Hanging Rock" in only two Weeks.
Ingram, a fourteen-year-old filmmaker
first got permission from Joan Lindsay to
adapt her book to film as 'The Day of
Saint Valentine'. Ingram had filmed only
ten minutes of footage before the film
rights were optioned to 'Peter Weir', and
Ingram's production was permanently
shelved. The filmed footage is included
on some DVD releases of Weir's film.
first lines of the film's source 'Picnic
at Hanging Rock' (1967) novel by Joan
Lindsay, in a foreword, read:
"Whether Picnic at Hanging Rock is
fact or fiction, my readers must decide
for themselves. As the fateful picnic
took place in the year nineteen hundred,
and all the characters who appear in this
book are long since dead, it hardly seems
motion picture was made and first
released about eight years after its
source novel of the same name written by
Joan Lindsay had been first published in
Appleyard College (Martindale Hall) is
approximately 9 hours away from the
of the schoolgirls were played by South
Australians. Director Peter Weir wanted
girls who were less influenced by the
modern world to play the
turn-of-the-century schoolgirls, and he
found most of them from the more
provincial Australian state of South
began with Ingrid Mason as Miranda, but
Peter Weir decided she wasn't working
out, and replaced her with Anne Lambert.
Mason stuck around to play one of the
other girls, Rosamund (the one who who
barges in on Miranda and Sara to tell
them about the Valentine that Miss McCraw
of Mrs. Appleyard was originally taken by
Vivien Merchant. While traveling to
Australia, Merchant became ill in Hong
Kong, and Rachel Roberts took over the
role at a few days notice.
opening lines spoken by Miranda,
"What we see and what we seem are
but a dream, a dream within a dream"
are a paraphrase of lines from the poem A
Dream within a Dream, by Edgar Allan Poe.
Boyd reportedly enhanced the film's
diffuse and ethereal look with the simple
technique of placing a piece of bridal
veil over the camera lens.
filming on location at Hanging Rock,
actress Anne-Louise Lambert (Miranda) had
a most surreal encounter. During a break
from shooting Lambert went for a walk
through the woods. She turned to see Joan
Lindsay, author of the novel Picnic at
Hanging Rock, stumbling toward her.
Lambert said Lindsay then embraced her
with strong, joyful emotion and called
her Miranda. It was a powerful moment for
both of them.
complete text of the poster visible
before the church service reads:
"MISSING PRESUMED DEAD - Anyone
knowing the whereabouts of these three
persons last seen at Hanging Rock near
Mount Macedon in the state of Victoria on
Saturday 14th of February 1900 should
communicate such information to an
officer of the Victorian Constable.
the film doesn't show how Sara dies,
still there are indications in the film
that Mrs. Appleyard may have murdered
Sara in a sudden state of madness. During
the last conversation between Mrs.
Appleyard and Sara, Mrs. Appleyard
appeared depressed. She also lies to
Mademoiselle de Poitiers that Sara's
guardian Mr. Cosgrove took Sara away with
him and she also lies that she helped
Sara put a few things she especially
wanted into her little covered basket.
Mrs. Appleyard tells Mademoiselle de
Poitiers that she won't be coming into
luncheon and they shouldn't lay places
for her and Sara for the luncheon.
Immediately after the conversation with
Mademoiselle de Poitiers, Mrs. Appleyard
becomes nervous. When Whitehead confronts
her about Sara's death, she is calm in
full mourning dress with her possessions
packed. It must be noted that Sara was
also living with the hope that she might
see her brother Bertie someday in the
future which is revealed through her line
- "Bertie. Bertie!.Jesus, where are
you?" Albert tells Michael about how
his sister Sara came to see him in his
dream calling him Bertie and how she came
a long way to see him. Unlike the film,
the novel clearly shows that Sara
committed suicide since she left a
voices of some of the school girls were
later dubbed by professional voice
actors. The voice actors are not
credited. Christine Schuler, who played
Edith, had her entire voice dubbed over
by actress Barbara Llewellyn. I
actually post synced the entire
performance of Christine Schuler, the
girl playing Edith, including the famous
scream. Peter Weir was in the booth with
me during the entire process of post
synchronisation and I remember he was
very happy after I did the scream only
about six or eight times. Every word or
sound that comes out of the onscreen
Ediths mouth is my voice,
Barbara Llewellyn sayd. I was also
the voice of the girl reciting the poem
"Shall I Compare Thee to a
Summers Day", as well as doing
numerous other one-liners in background
noise. Barbara was a close friend
of Anne Lambert (Miranda)
David Williamson was originally chosen to
adapt the film, but was unavailable and
recommended TV writer Cliff Green.
Patricia Lovell sayd that
Peter Weir originally wanted to do the
Shooting on the Blue Mountains in Sydney,
but then they saw later the Hanging Rock
and were immediately impressed by the
Strange things did happend
around the Hanging Rock during filming.
Equipment has disappeared and watches
have suddenly stopped. The cast and crew
try to film a Scene on the top of the
Rock and a massive storm with lightning
and thunder came and made a turn around
the Rock. They Crew stood in the middle
on the Rock and could see it raining
down, but not were they was. It was
producer Patricia Lovell admits to being
genuinely afraid of Hanging Rock. In an
interview she explained that she has only
gone back to Hanging Rock once since the
shooting. It was ten years later in 1985
and Lovell said she got so frightened at
the location she left almost immediately.
She refuses to go back to this day.
Secret of Hanging Rock', which was a cut
final chapter from the film's source
novel by Joan Lindsay, was published
post-humously in 1987 as an individual
work without the original novel with it.
The work also included various discussion
points, critical commentaries, academic
analysis, and interpretative theories of
the 'Picnic at Hanging Rock' (1967) novel
and mystery, hence making the work not
just the size of chapter from a novel.
The length of the excised chapter, which
was removed at the suggestion of
Lindsay's publisher, is twelve pages.
'The Murders at Hanging Rock', was
published in 1980, about five years after
the film had premiered, with it
suggesting a number various solutions,
interpretations, and resolutions to the
happened to the missing girls and their
teacher is explained by the original
book's final chapter, which was withheld
from publication for 20 years.
are several times during the story in
which clocks and watches stop for no
apparent reason; author Joan Lindsay was
well known amongst her friends for having
the peculiar quality of (unintentionally)
stopping watches and clocks in her
vicinity, a phenomenon that occurred -and
was recorded- many times during her life.
Movie ends with a Slow Motion Scene of
the Picnic before the girls dissapeared.
Es erinnerte Peter Weir an das "Wenn
man doch nur zurückgehen könnte kurz
bevor etwas passiert ist "
go back to a moment before something
happend und das verhindern könnte.
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