Wednesday 31 March 2010

A Dream within a Dream

Picnic at Hanging Rock, based on the novel of the same name by Joan Lindsay, is another of my favourite movies. It has a magical and dreamlike quality that I absolutely adore. And that pipe music, it’s almost as if the Great God Pan himself was calling. Add to that a wonderful opening sequence –“What we are and what we seem are but a dream, a dream within a dream.” The book and the movie also created a kind of modern myth, that they were based on real events, which added to the overall charm and mystery. I also attended a girls' boarding school and entertained the same romantic notions as Miranda and her friends.

Oh, I so want to visit Hanging Rock, I so want to walk hand in hand forever with the beautiful Miranda, who is indeed like a Botticelli Venus.


  1. Hi Ana,
    I remember watching the film adaptation of this book on cable television one lazy (possibly hungover) Sunday afternoon a few years back.

    It was atmospheric/dreamy enough if I had been watching it while in "full possession of my faculties", but to watch it in my own semi-waking/dreaming state made it an even more mystical experience. Your post has made me want to read the novel and see what the heck it was all about... :-)


  2. This is one occasion, Jay, where the movie is better than the book.