Picnic At Hanging Rock being remade as 6-part TV series

Louisa Mellor Sep 7, 2016

Peter Weir's ethereally strange Australian classic Picnic At Hanging Rock is being adapted into a TV series...

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.
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Mrs Mangel was my TV mum. She was a perfect Neighbours villain and a total joy | Mark Little

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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Vivean Gray 1924 - 2016

Louisa Mellor Jul 29, 2016

Actor Vivean Gray, fondly remembered as Mrs Mangel in soap Neighbours, has passed away at the age of 92...

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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Neighbours' Mrs Mangel, actor Vivean Gray, dies aged 92

British-born actor found fame with Australian roles in Prisoner and Picnic at Hanging Rock. But it was as a meddling neighbour that she will be remembered

British actor Vivean Gray, best known as the Ramsay Street villain Mrs Nell Mangel in Neighbours, has died aged 92.

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.

Related: Mrs Mangel was my TV mum. She was a perfect Neighbours villain and a total joy | Mark Little

Vivean Gray:Legend many times over.I was privileged to know and work with her.We laughed a
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A Peter Weir Retrospective

Flickering Myth presents a detailed look at the work of internationally renowned Australian filmmaker Peter Weir...


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The Cars That Ate Paris, 1974.

Starring John Meillon, Terry Camilleri, Kevin Miles, Rick Scully, Max Gillies and Bruce Spence.
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Peter Weir Retrospective: The Last Wave (1977)

Trevor Hogg continues his Peter Weir retrospective with a look at the acclaimed director's third feature...

The Last Wave, 1977.

Directed by Peter Weir.

Starring Richard Chamberlain, Olivia Hamnett, David Gulpilil, Frederick Parslow, Vivean Gray and Nandjiwarra Amagula.


An Australian attorney defends a group of aborigines who are charged with killing one of their own for violating a tribal taboo. As the murder case progresses, he becomes plagued by apocalyptic visions of water that entwine him with the prophetical beliefs of his clients.

The roving Australian director, Peter Weir, encountered his creative muse while on holiday in Tunisia. “I found a buried Roman head, a beautiful piece of marble which I somehow knew I was going to find. It was an extraordinary experience,” the respected filmmaker remarked upon recalling his moment of premonition. “I wondered what if a lawyer had found it, someone whom it was harder to assimilate, the
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Peter Weir Retrospective: Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

Trevor Hogg continues his Peter Weir retrospective with a look at his internationally acclaimed second film...

Picnic at Hanging Rock, 1975.

Directed by Peter Weir.

Starring Rachel Roberts, Vivean Gray, Helen Morse, Kirsty Child, Anne-Louise Lambert, Jacki Weaver and Tony Llewellyn-Jones.


At the turn of the twentieth century a group of Australian schoolgirls vanish upon entering a mysterious rock formation while picnicking on Valentine’s Day.

In filming the strange period tale based on the novel by author Joan Lindsay, filmmaker Peter Weir had to address a fundamental narrative problem. “With much of Picnic at Hanging Rock it was clearly dangerous ground I was treading on, given the audience’s preconditioning, with a mystery that had no solution. I had to supply an ambience so powerful that it would turn the audience’s attention from following the steps of the police investigation into another kind of film.” To accomplish this for his 1975 movie,
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Kind Hearts and Coronets: from 'antisemitic' novel to classic film

The 60th anniversary of Robert Hamer's Ealing classic Kind Hearts and Coronets is the perfect time to get acquainted with the witty, provocative book on which it is based

This week, I spoke at the Film Nite discussion group in London on the 60th anniversary of Robert Hamer's Ealing classic Kind Hearts and Coronets. It was a chance to revisit that old chestnut: is it true that you can only make great films from terrible books, and that conversely, great books always get turned into terrible films?

Kind Hearts and Coronets is the elegant black comedy about a suburban draper's assistant, Louis Mazzini, played by Dennis Price, who by a quirk of fate is distantly in line to a dukedom and sets out to murder every single nobleman and noblewoman ahead of him in the succession so that he can get his hands on the ermine. All the
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