Picnic At Hanging Rock Analysis

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SUPERNATURAL ELEMENTS IN PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK AND THE LAST WAVE

Australian cinema has started to gain succes at the beginning of the 1970s. As well as the films that are screened in succession demonstrate varities in Australia, Australian cinema awake the attention in Hollywood. Picnic at Hanging Rock is a film that directed by Peter Weir in 1975 and is acclaimed worldwide. Actually this mysterious film is the adaptation of an Australian historical novel by Joan Lindsay. The plot is about the disappearance of three schoolgirls and their teacher during a picnic at Hanging Rock on St. Valentine’s Day in 1900. Hanging Rock had been a sacred ceremonial site for Aboriginals, and thus it carried with it a theme of mysticism throughout the
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In the film, Australian girls’ college as a determiner which contains peremptoriness, rigidity and conventional construct comes across naked nature portrait on the rock. The events begin with the college. This college is a repressive, disciplinary place where girls are kept away from men, educated in the direction of religious principles. Main characters as Sara, Irma and Miranda, Although they look like happy in the college, we can understand that they have repressed emotions, feelings which can not be brought to light. At the picnic scene, it’s not an astonishing matter that Irma, Miranda and other girl’s request to climb on the Hanging Rock. This situation indicates that they are longing for nature and they want to move away from the college’s pressure. Only at Hanging Rock, they feel themselves free, unlimited and …show more content…
The film has an unsettling, surreality and concern a lawyer who defends five aborigines accused of killing one of aborigines in Australia. It can be said that this film is filled with spiritual symbolism to demonstrate the tension between Australia's white man and the Aboriginal people. The Last Wave shares similar mystical and occult elements with Weir's previous film but also explores the cultural disconnect between white urban society and the laws and legends of aboriginal tribal people. We can see that Aboriginal culture has been treated as mystical mystery by creating an exciting story. Peter Weir uses the most used concept "dream-time" which is one of the most important fact of the Aboriginal belief in order to support the film’s tense atmosphere and shape the story. The woman who examines the stone says that this stone is a soul in dreamtime. The Aborigines believe two time concepts. The first is daily times. The second is infinite spiritual

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