Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Stange one this, lol..

Ok, directed by Peter Wier.

This attempts to unleash your imagination and let oose on your senses, however, the lack of sound quality led me to come to other conclusions based on what i thought was said and later found out what really was said.

Story about a group of Angelic girls off on a school picnic to Hanging Rock. Set in 1900, a very educational and strict time for those that had wealth, a group of girls go missing whilst on an excursion to explore the rock. Its difficult to gauge what actually happened based on the evidence (or lack of). Being a volcanic rock, where caves and dangerous area's are, also the possibility of heat could be one possible cause. A kidnapping? even the notion of UFO's? the idea's are there but never really implied, red lights in the sky?? since you never see the very top of Hanging Rock this could be light from lava reflecting in the sky? or other world life forms abducting us. There is even a chance that as time has apparently stood still from 12pm being near the rock enters you into a time warp, the girls going to the top and the center of the rock could have entered into another time frame, one that is outside of our own. without a doubt the films throws all the usual rules out the window and lets you choose what you think could of happened, since you never really know.

Sets are full of wealth, rich with no detail spared. Outside is dirty, dangerous and raw to the elements. This can also be said for the acting. Inside everything is deliberate with rules and understanding, where-as outside is relaxed and free, free from rules and inteligence, a place where one becomes one with natures way.

The relationship that the young girl Sara has with everyone is strange and hidden. Certainly i feel that her relationship with Miranda was one she looked up to a great deal, having come from an orphanage i feel she longed to be what Miranda was. Strange how Mrs Appleyards relationship was one of dislike, forcing her to read lines from a peom that she did not understand whils the others where off on a trip. Making her go to be early even tying her up whilts the others had a lesson. This restriction of movement this pinning down finally led her to hate Mrs Appleyard, topping it all to find out the her fee's had stopped and she was being sent back to the orphange, without the fact that her idol was missing or even dead.

Mrs Appleyard after the events at Hanging Rock diminished, with parents writing in to tell her that students would not be attending next year, she had no choice but to feel like a failure, someone that was of such stature in the community and had built so much had it all taken away not by the events that took place but by her own lack of composure in the situation thus leading her (or so we are to assume) to kill Sara.

The young english boys relationship with the young ausie sporting his obvioulsy fake tattoo's was in my eyes nothing more than a young restricted, educated man throwing caution to the wind and being a bit daring, smoking his cigarette and swiging on the beer, he transformed from nobel englishman to daring young adult.


Needless to say the film is wierd, strange and out of bounds for anyone who wants an answer, you wont find one here.

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