Natalie Dormer to Star in Picnic at Hanging Rock

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Natalie Dormer will head a Picnic at Hanging Rock miniseries.

Natalie Dormer will star in a Picnic at Hanging Rock limited series

Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) is set to star in the upcoming drama series Picnic at Hanging Rock for Australia’s Foxtel. According to Deadline, the series will be based on the 1967 Australian novel by Joan Lindsay. It’s the story of a group of female students at a women’s college in 1900 who disappear at Hanging Rock on Valentine’s Day, and its effect on the town. There was a bit of controversy about Lindsay’s vagueness in terms of whether or not it was a true story. The novel begins, “Whether Picnic at Hanging Rock is fact or fiction, my readers must decide for themselves. As the fateful picnic took place in the year nineteen hundred, and all the characters who appear in this book are long since dead, it hardly seems important.”

The novel was also noted for leaving an open ending, though the book’s editor claimed that the first draft had a final chapter that resolved everything. That chapter was published after Lindsay’s death as The Secret of Hanging Rock. The novel was turned into a film in 1975 by Peter Weir (The Year of Living Dangerously). The film won a BAFTA award for Best Cinematography.

Picnic at Hanging Rock will be a six-part event series and begins filming in Victoria, Australia later this month. The series will premiere on Foxtel later this year. The cast includes Lola Bessis (Cassandra) as Mademoiselle Dianne de Poitiers, Yael Stone (Orange Is the New Black) as Miss Dora Lumley, Anna McGahan (Anzac Girls) as Miss Greta McCraw, Sibylla Budd (Winners & Losers) as Mrs. Valange, Lily Sullivan (Camp) as Miranda Reid, Madeleine Madden (Tomorrow When the War Began) as Marion Quade, Samara Weaving (Monster Trucks) as Irma Leopold, Ruby Rees (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) as Edith Horton and Inez Curro as Sara Waybourne.

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