Picnic at Hanging Rock screenwriter lists Warrandyte home
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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“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.
“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.
“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.
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