Picnic at Hanging Rock screenwriter lists Warrandyte home


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Cliff Green at the studio he wrote the screenplay of Picnic at Hanging Rock in.

Screenwriter Cliff Green is selling the Warrandyte home where he wrote one of Australia’s most well-loved films, 1975 hit Picnic at Hanging Rock.

The 84-year-old writer and wife Judy, 82, recently listed 23 Webb St with a price guide of $740,000-$790,000.

The 1213sq m property contains a striking angular studio where Mr Green wrote the screenplay for Picnic at Hanging Rock, among other works.

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The tranquil surrounds at 23 Webb St, Warrandyte.

Cliff Green in his work studio in 2009.

“It was a great writer’s retreat really,” Mr Green said.

“When I got stuck on something and wouldn’t know quite what to write next I’d go for a walk around the garden and by the time I got back I’d have the answer.”

The esteemed writer, who also produced screenplays for Boy Soldiers and I Can Jump Puddles, said he and Judy had bought the property as a vacant block 49 years ago after nine years teaching in the bush.

Cliff Green’s work station in his striking studio with angled cathedral ceilings.

Mr Green used to walk through his gardens for inspiration.

“I started to develop my work as a screenwriter so I had to come back to Melbourne — it was no good living in the country,” Mr Green said.

“We knew Warrandyte was the closest we’d get to a country town and still be close to Melbourne.”

After working on Crawford Productions, most notably long-running police drama Homicide, Mr Green started writing as a freelancer, when he was commissioned to write the screenplay to Joan Lindsay’s 1967 book Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Anne-Louise Lambert, Karen Robson, and Jane Vallis in Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975).

Picturesque green views at the four-bedroom home.

“We had no idea that it would be such a successful film — it’s still Australia’s best film,” he said.

Jellis Craig Eltham director Chris Chapman said the single-owner home was a comfortable entry-level home for Warrandyte.

“The house is immediately comfortable but certainly provides scope to do some updates,” Mr Chapman said.

“It feels like it’s on a bigger block than it is — it’s got a very nice outlook onto the trees and a lot of character for sure.”

The four-bedroom home goes to auction on June 29.

The home has only had one owner.

The Warrandyte property has a price guide of $740,000-$790,000.


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