The cinematography is stunning, something beautiful yet eerie about it. The scene with the girls sitting at the bottom of Hanging Rock is like poetry in slow motion. Ian Nathan states, "A haunting and compelling oddity from Australian master Peter Weir, that doesn’t fit easy categorisation; it is part mystery, part horror, an impressionist poem to lost innocence. Although since considered based on a true story, it is, in fact, merely an adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s novel, but Russell Boyd’s cinematography is so sumptuous and captivating it is little wonder watchers felt like they were stepping into some peculiar reality." (Nathan 2010) Nathan praises Weir's adaptation and the idea suggested about it being an impressionist poem rings true. The scenes almost don't make sense, giving the film a dream like feel. The colour tint of the frame gives everything a vintage feel.
List of illustrations
Figure 1. Weir, Peter (1975) Picnic At Hanging Rock Original Movie Poster. At: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Picnicathangingrock1.jpg (Accessed on:7/12/11)
Figure 2. Weir, Peter (1975) The school girls at Hanging Rock. At: http://rantsandmusings.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/picnic_hanging_rock.jpg (Accessed on:7/12/11)
Figure 3. Weir, Peter (1975) Strange behavouir at Hanging Rock. At: http://klausming.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/picnic-at-hanging-rock-1975/ (Accessed on:7/12/11)
Film4 (2010) Picnic At Hanging Rock. At: http://www.film4.com/reviews/1975/picnic-at-hanging-rock (Accessed on:7/12/11)
Empire Magazine Ian Nathan (2010) Picnic At Hanging Rock. At: http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/reviewcomplete.asp?DVDID=118434 (Accessed on:7/12/11)
Roger Ebert (1998) Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975). At: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19980802/REVIEWS08/401010325/1023 (Accessed on:7/12/11)