The critical recognition of Australia's film industry in the late 1970s can, to a large degree, be credited to the works of Peter Weir. After his first feature, THE CARS THAT ATE PARIS, films such as PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK and THE LAST WAVE exhibited a peculiar and fascinating mystical
quality that revealed a distinctive sensibility. Unfortunately Weir's decidedly personal vision is often rather murky.
PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK recounts the strange story of three girls and a teacher from a Victoria finishing school who go missing from a school picnic while exploring nearby Hanging Rock on St. Valentine's Day, 1900. One of the girls, Edith (Christine Schuler), takes...