PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK Series Coming Soon!
One of my all time favorite films is Peter Weir´s adaptation of the 1967 novel Picnic at Hanging Rock (which I admit that I´ve yet to read.). The films haunting beauty and -- almost cosmic -- mystery oozes atmosphere that is near palpable. The film left such an impact on me the first time I saw it, that I rewatched it twice in the same week. Not because I wanted to try to debunk the mystery, but because I fell in love with the world in the film. I still revisit Hanging Rock from time to time just for that otherworldly feeling, which I sometimes crave and I even find the film to be almost meditative in all its calmness.
In 2016 it was announced that a limited series based on Joan Lindsay´s novel was in the works with Freemantle Australia producing it, which got me cautiously excited. But with the new teaser that dropped, I also dropped the “cautiously” and now I´m JUST excited, because it looks pretty damn good!
“A gripping reimagining of the iconic Australian novel that plunges us into the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and their governess on Valentine’s Day, 1900. Exploring the event’s far-reaching impact on the students and staff of Appleyard College and its enigmatic headmistress, theories soon abound, paranoia sets in, and long-held secrets surface, as the Rock exerts its strange power and the dark stain of the unsolved mystery continues to spread.”
The series -- which premieres 6 May on Foxtel's Showcase in Australia -- got picked up by Amazon US last year and Caroline Kusser, Senior Vice President of Sales & Distribution for FremantleMedia International in North America said this about the acquisition: “The stylish re-imagining of the provocative Picnic at Hanging Rock story will no doubt capture contemporary audiences across the US. With fantastic scripts, outstanding cast and bold editorial direction from Larysa Kondracki, Picnic at Hanging Rock is set to be a must-see series in 2018. We are thrilled to be working with Amazon Prime Video to bring this powerful drama to US screens.”
Picnic at Hanging Rock stars Game of Thrones´ Natalie Dormer as Mrs. Appleyard, the headmistress of Appleyard College and is written by Beatrix Christian and Alice Addison.
Larysa Kondracki (Legion, Gotham), Michael Rymer (Jessica Jones, Hannibal) and Amanda Brotchie (Girlboss) directed the six episodes.
The cast also -- among others -- includes Lola Bessis (Thirst Street) as Mademoiselle Dianne de Poitiers, mistress of French Conversation, Music and Dance; Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black) as Miss Dora Lumley, mistress of Deportment and Bible Studies; Anna McGahan (100 Bloody Acres) as Miss Greta McCraw, mistress of Geography and Mathematics, Sibylla Budd (Tomorrow, When the War Began) as Mrs Valange, mistress of Art and Literature, Ruby Rees (Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries) as Edith Horton, newcomer Inez Curro as Sara Waybourne and Samara Weaving (The Babysitter, Mayhem) as Irma Leopold.
All six episodes of Picnic at Hanging Rock will premiere 25 May on Amazon Prime.