by Cayce McCarthy. Arts and Entertainment blogger.
Amazon Prime's TV miniseries, Picnic at Hanging Rock will be available to stream today. The show is a mystery, set in Australia in year 1900 on Valentine’s Day. Three schoolgirls and their governess go missing out of nowhere. The series is based off a book from 1967 with the same title by the author, Joan Lindsay.
The girls go to school at Appleyard College where their headmistress is severely strict, except for the day she treats the school with a field trip to a volcanic formation known as the Hanging Rock. This is when the three girls and governess wonder off together and don’t come back. Their disappearance leaves the college, family, friends, and township at a loss. This leads to panic and suspicion throughout the town causing secrets to come forth that only makes the mystery expand. This series will star Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer, actresses Lily Sullivan, and Lola Bessis. This series has six episodes and is available for a limited time.
Picnic at Hanging Rock was also a film that came out in 1975. The fictional book was inspired by the real-life Hanging Rock that is in the formations of Mount Diogenes which is Northwest of Melbourne. The site was a sacred place to the Aboriginal Tribe of the Wurundjeri people. The author Lindsay visited the site and felt that it had some sort of mystic powers to it.
Others feel that the place is very eerie and when they went to the location to film the 1975 movie a lot of bizarre things happened like watches stopping and balls rolling uphill and not down. Of course, there could be a sound reason as to why the watches stopped but so far, the anti-gravity hasn’t been fully explained. Perhaps the ball moving uphill is being caused by the phenomenon that causes the sailing rocks to move in Death Valley, California. The story of the missing girls isn’t true and the only tragedy that has happened there was a man who fell to his death.