Formed millions of years ago from a mysterious volcanic formation, Hanging Rock is a little ‘wonder of the world’ tucked away down here in my state of Victoria. I am thrilled to have visited it recently and even more excited that my friend and collaborator Sean Munger chose to feature it on his blog. Please enjoy!
My friend and frequent contributor to this blog, Robert Horvat, took an interesting trip this weekend–with his family he went to Hanging Rock, the famous geological formation in Victoria, Australia which has a fascinating geologic, literary and cinematic history. Once known as “Mt. Diogenes,” Hanging Rock is the setting of Joan Lindsay’s fascinating 1967 mystery novel Picnic at Hanging Rock, which takes place in 1900 and features the story of a group of schoolgirls on an outing from their boarding school. Three of the girls and one teacher vanish mysteriously in the vicinity of the rock; one is later found, remembering nothing, and the deepening mystery causes a wave of despair and madness that ripples outward through the neighboring towns. Picnic at Hanging Rock was made into a hypnotic film in 1975 by Peter Weir, which I chose as one of my favorite “Twisted Time movies” and which…
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