Picnic at Hanging Rock (2160x1023)
Picnic at Hanging Rock (2160x1023)
Picnic at Hanging Rock, © Picnic Productions (1975)

ACMI presents

Picnic at Hanging Rock: Director's Cut

4K Restoration

Peter Weir | Australia | 1975 | PG

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Wed 14 Feb 2024

Peter Weir’s undisputed classic of the Australian New Wave screens on Valentine's Day – exactly 124 years since the afternoon the film is set.

A spell-binding mystery fuelled by awe and wonder. Chilling and hypnotic... a remarkable work.

The New York Observer

St Valentine’s Day, 1900. On a stifling summer’s day, a party of boarders at the exclusive Appleyard College and their chaperones, Mathematics mistress Miss McCraw (Vivean Gray) and the graceful Mademoiselle de Poitiers (Helen Morse), travel to the magnificent ancient rock formation at Mt. Macedon. When Miss McCraw and three of the senior girls – Irma, Marion and the ethereal Miranda (Anne-Louise Lambert) – vanish during the course of the afternoon, their disappearance sets off a chain of disquieting and tragic events.

Curators Note

To Saint Valentine! Described as an horror-romance upon its release by film critic Vincent Canby, Peter Weir's intoxicating and thoroughly mysterious breakthrough feature is fittingly neither. Released in 1975 and celebrated to this day as a beacon of the Australian New Wave, the film is much-loved by critics and audiences alike.

As potent today as it was when it was released, Picnic at Hanging Rock remains one of the few films that demands that you take it with you when you leave the cinema and then follows you around like a ghost for years or decades after.

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: Fixafilm
Courtesy: Picnic Productions
Runtime: 108 min

Event duration

107 mins



Contains adult themes


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Anne-Louise Lambert as Miranda in Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) National Film and Sound Archive

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