I have good news for everybody who has been enjoying the recent BBC’s reimagining of Joan Lindsay’s iconic Picnic at Hanging Rock as much as I have, or, indeed, for everybody who has missed it.
Following its run on BBC Two this summer, Acorn Media International is delighted to announce its release on DVD. And London-Olios has a copy to give away to one of our readers.
I vividly remember watching Peter Weir’s critically acclaimed big screen when it was released in 1975 and several times when the movie was shown on TV and the mystery of it all always mesmerised me. There was also the question whether the story of the mysterious disappearance of three schoolgirls and their governess in 1900s Australia was just fiction or based on a true event.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Picnic at Hanging Rock, it tells the story of a group of schoolgirls from Appleyard College who take a day trip on Valentine’s Day to dark and brooding Hanging Rock. When the girls and the governess go missing during the picnic, the event has repercussions not just for the school, but for the whole town. Theories fly around, secrets are exposed, and hysteria sets in.
This six-part drama has more time to explore the themes of the novel, repression, sexuality, freedom and suffocating respectability as well as mysticism, nature, culture, than the movie had. It is also able to show the impact the unsolved mystery has on everybody involved in more detail. an unsolved mystery and the immense burden of unanswered questions.
Alongside Natalie Dormer’s (Game of Thrones) turn as the formidable, secretive headmistress the stellar cast includes Lily Sullivan (Romper Stomper) as the rebellious young heroine Miranda Reid and Yael Stone (Orange Is the New Black), Don Hany (East West 101) and Samara Weaving (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).
Picnic at Hanging Rock arrives on DVD on 20 August 2018.
Special features include:
- Extensive behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew
Release Date: 20 August 2018 RRP: £24.99
Running Time: 360 mins approx. on two discs, Cert.: 15
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In which country is Picnic at Hanging Rock set?
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