Picnic at Hanging Rock, a mystery series, is heading to Amazon, adapting an acclaimed 1967 novel by Aussie writer, Joan Lindsay, which was previously adapted by director Peter Weir’s 1975 film of the same name.
Here, Game of Thrones alumna Natalie Dormer headlines in this slickly-produced six-episode limited television series adaptation, injecting mystery and terror into a prim and proper Victorian-era Australia setting. The series will arrive in the U.S. on Amazon Prime Video, with U.K. audiences able to catch it on Foxtel.
Picnic at Hanging Rock Trailer
The Picnic at Hanging Rock trailer (arriving via EW,) stays on track to the traditional story, set in 1900 Australia on Valentine’s Day, depicting an escalating chain of tragic events resulting from the mysterious disappearance of three college girls and a teacher after a trip to the eponymous (real-life) Victoria geological formation. Ambiguity shadows the circumstances, leading to speculation on either criminal or supernatural causes.
In this reimagining, Dormer won’t have to hide her English accent in favor of an Aussie twang, since she plays an English headmistress, named Mrs. Hester Appleyard (played by Rachel Roberts in the 1975 film), whose surname is shared with the prestigious college in question that finds its reputation tarnished as it is embroiled in controversy over the disappearances.
Picnic at Hanging Rock will require several baskets and blankets, since Dormer headlines a large cast. Amongst that group are names such as Lola Bessis (Swim Little Fish Swim), Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black), Sibylla Budd (Tomorrow, When the War Begins), Anna McGahan (The Doctor Blake Mysteries), Lily Sullivan (Camp), Samara Weaving (Monster Trucks) and Ruby Rees (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries). The Amazon/Foxtel event series was produced by FreemantleMedia Australia.
For the sake of comparison, here’s the trailer for the original 1975 Picnic at Hanging Rock movie.
Picnic at Hanging Rock Release Date
Picnic at Hanging Rock will make its domestic premiere on May 25 on Amazon Prime Video.