Capital Celluloid 2023 — Day 211: Mon Jul 31

Picnic at Hanging Rock (Weir, 1975): Prince Charles Cinema, 6pm

This 4K presentation, also screening on September 3rd, is part of the Peter Weir season at the Prince Charles Cinema. Full details hereTonight’s film is presented by London online publication Animus Magazine.

There is a subset of films which are arguably pure dream from beginning to end, that take place entirely within the dream world. Picnic at Hanging Rock is one brilliant example. This unsettling period film about the disappearance of a party of schoolgirls announces it is based on a real story. But in its most memorable moments its realism is corroded by a dense, dream-like atmosphere that sends us back to the Edgar Allan Poe line recited earlier: “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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