Picnic at Hanging Rock

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Picnic at Hanging Rock

  1. Thursday, January 19, 2012 6:30 p.m.
Still image from the film Picnic at Hanging Rock

One of director Peter Weir's most spellbinding and impenetrable films, Picnic at Hanging Rock mesmerizes audiences with questions and lurking clues. During a picnic in the Australian bush in 1900, three students and one teacher from a girls school disappear without a trace, with one eventually found but unable to remember any events from that day. With stunning cinematography, an unsettling soundtrack, and increasingly hypnotizing rhythm, the film explores the coupling of sexual repression with the mysterious outback where logic and time are maddeningly elusive.

Introduction is being provided by Daniel Bishop, PhD Candidate in Musicology at the Jacobs School of Music, writing his dissertation on music and sound in the New Hollywood cinema of the 1960s and 70s.

(35mm presentation)