“Everything begins and ends at exactly the right time and place.”

1975

“Everything begins and ends at exactly the right time and place … look.”

Marion (Jane Vallis) stares down at the Picnic Ground and says, “Whatever can those people be doing down there, like a lot of ants? A surprising number of human beings are without purpose though it is probable they are performing some function unknown to themselves.”

“Whatever can those people be doing down there like a lot of ants?”

Irma (Karen Robson) is also looking at the plains below:

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The camera pans right and Miranda (Anne Lambert) says “Everything begins and ends at exactly the right time and place.”

“Everything begins and ends at exactly the right time and place.”

Miranda says “Look”, the three characters turn in the opposite direction toward the Monolith, and then …

“Look”

… they walk toward the Monolith:

Walking toward the Monolith

… and lay down to sleep:

“Suddenly overcome by an overpowering lassitude, all four girls flung themselves down on the gently sloping rock in the shelter of the monolith, and there fell into a sleep so deep that a horned lizard emerged from a crack to lie without fear in the hollow of Marion’s outflung arm.” (3)

“Suddenly overcome by an overpowering lassitude, all four girls flung themselves down on the gently sloping rock in the shelter of the monolith, and there fell into a sleep so deep that a horned lizard emerged from a crack to lie without fear in the hollow of Marion’s outflung arm.” (3)

The Location

The boulders where Peter Weir filmed this scene are on a cliff edge opposite the Monolith:

“Look” – seen within scene

You can also see these rocks behind Dominic Guard as he crawls in front of the Monolith later in the film.

The rock formation where Miranda says

The rock formation where Miranda says “Look” – behind and to the right of Dominic Guard.

If you step into the middle of these rocks you’ll see a depression in the rock surface that was next to Karen Robson. It looks something like a bow tie or “Batman’s mask”:

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Here it is today:

Anne Lambert really was standing only a couple of feet to the left of Karen Robson. Standing at the same spot you can see the distinct features in the rock that were behind her in 1975:

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When the actors walked toward the Monolith in 1975 various rock features were quite visible but there are now many more trees and shrubs. Red highlights have been added to the 1975 frame below to make it easier for you to recognise the comparison picture taken more recently:

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Where the actors lay in 1975 is now surrounded by vegetation:

The Picnic at Hanging Rock Limited Edition book contains a photo from a deleted scene of Mrs Appleyard (Rachel Roberts) walking across the same ground toward the Monolith (7):

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Where exactly at Hanging Rock is this? You won’t find it on the park map and you won’t find it on Street View! Like most locations in this guide I recommend you orient yourself by starting at “The Saddle” which is number 8 on the park map.

Watch the full video below to find how to get from the “The Saddle” to the rocks where Miranda said “Everything begins and ends at exactly the right time and place” or if you don’t have 5 minutes, skip straight to the rocks.

4 Responses to “Everything begins and ends at exactly the right time and place.”

  1. rene says:

    Can you post a video of the place who the 3 girl stares down at the Picnic Ground?

    • Mr. Hussey says:

      Hi everyone,
      it is a very interesting site! I am from Germany and a longterm fan of PAHR and visited Hanging Rock multiple times. I tried to spot as much locations as possible. But I never managed to find the point where the girls look at the picnic ground from above. And I tried hard 🙂

  2. Mr. Hussey says:

    Thanks mate! To the left? Wouldn`t have guessed it. I always went to the right side after I passed the Hanging Rock. Next time I visit Hanging Rock I will follow your instruction. I have to play Lotto first though 😉

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