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Picnic at Hanging Rock first image released by Foxtel

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Picnic at Hanging Rock first image released by Foxtel

FoxtelandFremantleMedia Australiahave released the first official image from the set of the new Australian event dramaPicnic at Hanging Rock, in production in Victoria.

The first look image revealsNatalie Dormer(Game of Thrones,The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2,In Darkness) as English headmistress Mrs Hester Appleyard alongsideSamara Weavingas Irma Leopold,Madeleine Maddenas Marion Quade andLily Sullivanas Miranda Reid.

“I am thrilled to be in Australia working with an exceptional creative team onPicnic at Hanging Rock,” Ms Dormer said. “This re-imagining of the iconic story will no doubt grab a contemporary audience with its mystery, emotion and wide range of complex, smart female characters. To play Hester Appleyard is a joy.”

Picnic at Hanging Rockwill plunge viewers into the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and one teacher on Valentine’s Day 1900, taking the audience on a new journey into Joan Lindsay’s revered Australian novel through the six part drama which has production investment fromScreen AustraliaandFilm Victoria.

The extensive cast includesLola Bessisas Mademoiselle Dianne de Poitiers, mistress of French Conversation, Music and Dance;Yael Stoneas Miss Dora Lumley, mistress of Deportment and Bible Studies;Anna McGahanas Miss Greta McCraw, mistress of Geography and Mathematics,Sibylla Buddas Mrs Valange, mistress of Art and Literature,Ruby Reesas Edith Horton and introducesInez Curroas Sara Waybourne.

Other characters will be played byDon Hany,Harrison Gilbertson,James Hoare,Marcus Graham,Mark Coles Smith,Jonny Pasvolsky,Philip Quast,Emily Gruhl,Ros Gentle,Julie Nihill,Kaarin Fairfax,Huw Higginson,Ron JacobsonandKim Gyngell.

Picnic at Hanging Rockwill premiere on Foxtel’sshowcasechannel at a date to be confirmed.

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