Film Night: Picnic At Hanging Rock

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Possessed by Cinema – Film Night Halloween Program.

A program of three films on the horror of possession, the creeping terror, the final acceptance and then the letting go.

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWqCHKtKPKI

Picnic at Hanging Rock is structured around a deceptively simple premise: four young women from Appleyard College go for a walk in the bush on a warm Saint Valentine’s Day afternoon in 1900. But only one returns. What possessed them to leave their classmates? What power does the landscape have over them? What is hidden within the ancient geography of the bush?
Adapted by director Peter Weir from Joan Lindsay’s masterpiece of Gothic fiction, Picnic is one of the greatest achievements of Australian cinema. With cinematography inspired by the Australian impressionist painters (in part achieved by placing a wedding veil over the camera lens), Picnic explores the horror which lurks within the landscape itself. We are lured into the picturesque setting, just as the young women are lured to escape from the discipline and drudgery of their boarding school walls. It is possible that we will never emerge from this landscape, we are still there, trying to establish what really happened to those girls when they climbed into the heart of Hanging Rock…

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