4 items from 2016
Louisa Mellor Sep 7, 2016
Atmospheric 1975 Australian film Picnic At Hanging Rock is the latest feature to inspire a television adaptation. Fremantle Australia and Foxtel are planning to produce a six-episode miniseries of the story.
The new series will be adapted from Joan Lindsay's 1967 book of the same name by screenwriters Beatrix Christian and Alice Addison. Casting is still underway on the adaptation, the film version of which notably featured a young Jacki Weaver and Vivean Gray.
The story tells of the unsolved mysterious disappearance of a group of schoolgirls and their teacher on a school outing on Valentine's Day, 1900. Ambiguous, eerie and captivating, Peter Weir's film adaptation is a modern Australian classic.
Australian viewers can expect to see the new series on pay-tv in 2017. We'll keep you posted of any international broadcast options picked up. »
It was a pleasure to act alongside Vivean Gray as she worked her way into Aussie folklore. Her puritanical curtain-twitcher turned the show into a phenomenon
The year 2016 continues to stick the boot in as another beloved icon bites the dust. Dear Vivean Gray, the actress who gave us not one but two notorious soap legends: Mrs Jessup from The Sullivans and the one and only Mrs Nell Mangel from the world’s most famous Aussie TV show, Neighbours.
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Louisa Mellor Jul 29, 2016
Vivean Gray, the British-born actor whose Australian on-screen career stretched from the 1960s to the 1980s has passed away, aged 92.
Gray will be remembered for early recurring roles in Melbourne-set television programmes Homicide and Division 4, her cinematic role in Peter Weir's eerie 1975 film Picnic At Hanging Rock, a stint in soap The Sullivans and Prisoner: Cell Block H and of course, for playing Nell Mangel in Neighbours.
Gray's time on Neighbours was short in comparison to that of some actors who've spent decades on Ramsay Street. She played local curtain-twitcher Mrs Mangel for just two years between 1986 and 1988. Those years though, were Neighbours' boom period here in the UK. Ask anyone over thirty who watched television in the eighties, and they'll remember her fondly.
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Gray was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, as Jean Vivra Gray, but moved to Australia in 1952 to pursue her career as an actor. Before she was spying on Scott and Charlene as the meddling Mrs Mangel, Gray had landed roles in Australian series including Prisoner: Cell Block H, Anzacs, Matlock Police and The Sullivans, on which she played a similar neighbouring gossip, Mrs Jessup, for the series’ 16-season run.
Vivean Gray:Legend many times over.I was privileged to know and work with her.We laughed a »
- Steph Harmon in Sydney
4 items from 2016
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