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Set in a very different era of 1900 Australia, this very appetizing Picnic, like the Weir pic, focuses on the consequences of the Valentine's Day disappearance and presumed death of three ... See full summary »


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Beatrix Christian, Joan Lindsay (novel)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Dormer ... Mrs. Appleyard
Lily Sullivan ... Miranda Reid
Lola Bessis ... Mademoiselle Dianne de Poitiers
Harrison Gilbertson ... Michael Fitzhubert
Samara Weaving ... Irma Leopold
Madeleine Madden ... Marion Quade
Inez Currõ ... Sara Waybourne
Ruby Rees ... Edith
Yael Stone ... Dora Lumley
Philip Quast ... Arthur
Marcus Graham ... Tomasetti
James Hoare ... Albert Crundall
Mark Coles Smith ... Tom
Don Hany ... Dr. Mackenzie
Anna McGahan ... Miss Greta McCraw


Set in a very different era of 1900 Australia, this very appetizing Picnic, like the Weir pic, focuses on the consequences of the Valentine's Day disappearance and presumed death of three students and a teacher from the tyrannical Appleyard College girls school, run by Dormer's chilling character.

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Drama | Mystery | Romance


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Release Date:

25 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


The iconic Appleyard College entryway, staircase and embossed wallpaper belong to the Melbourne area's well-known Labassa House. See more »


At 29 minutes, a black and white photograph of the students and the staff is taken, and then the resulting negative is quickly shown on screen. Mrs. Appleyard (Natalie Dormer) is wearing a dark red dress, and in 1900 all black and white film stock is non-panchromatic, and completely unable to capture anything dark red colored, so her dress should seen as black in the negative, but is incorrectly seen as white in the negative. See more »


Picnic at Hanging Rock
Written by Cezary Skubiszewski and Jan Skubiszewski
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Episode 1
13 July 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Peter Weir's beguiling film adapted from Joan Lindsay's novel is turned to a six part television series. The novel is framed as a true story, about four young women vanishing from a picnic at Hanging Rock (also known as Mount Diogenes) in Victoria, Australia on Valentine's Day 1900, but it is fictional.

The first episode starts with Mrs Appleyard (Natalie Dormer) buying a grand house in the Australian bush, she has plans to run it as a girl's finishing school. We get the impression that Mrs Appleyard has reinvented herself as a widow, more refined than she was in her past which she is running away from and certainly rewriting. The natty shades she wears betrays something more bohemian in her and also something more dark.

As this is a six part story the backstory is fleshed out more, we are introduced to the schoolgirls, some of them who will go missing later on. We are also introduced to the staff of the school and colonial attitudes of turn of the century Australia. One of the girls is Aboriginal and another is Jewish.

The girls are decked out in colourful costumes and their passions underneath are hinted at. The first episode has a sense of eeriness and enchantment but I fear it might be overlong at six parts.

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