Cinema: Vanishing Point

PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK Directed by Peter Weir Screenplay by Cliff Green

As a special treat, the young ladies of Appleyard College (it is really just a finishing school for adolescents) are to be taken on an educational outing to the base of Hanging Rock, a massive formation. The precise pedagogic function of this venture is unclear-something about appreciating more fully the depths of geologic time, perhaps the mystery of Hanging Rock's origins in violent tectonic chaos.

About this the girls are quite unconcerned. The trip represents a day away from the stultifying routine that...

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