The Mystery of a Hansom Cab is a murder mystery set in Melbourne in 1886. As the details of the crime and search for answers unfolds, we are drawn into a world of scandals, secrets and blackmail in a city that includes opium dens and brothels, grand houses, boulevards and gardens; a city where rich men go to their clubs, and their wives and daughters shop, socialise and take tea; where wealthy individuals go to extraordinary lengths to protect their reputations.
The human story of jealousy, blackmail, self-made men, frustrated ambitions and secrecy will resonate with many viewers.
This media rich ATOM Study Guide is designed to accompany the viewing of the film; including video snippets from the film in which students are asked to answer comprehension questions. The Study Guide discusses and explores narratives of the past as well as understanding representational expression of the past through film, drama, visual arts, music, fiction, poetry and Information Communications Technology.