Reimagined drama series Picnic at Hanging Rock has been confirmed for a premiere on May 6th on the Showcase channel.
Foxtel yesterday confirmed the date at a Valentine’s Day media launch at Hanging Rock, north-west of Melbourne, joined by cast members.
The 6 part series starring Natalie Dormer, Lily Sullivan, Samara Weaving, Madeleine Madden and Ruby Rees, is based on Joan Lindsay’s celebrated novel. It will open the prestigious ‘Berlinale Series’ of the Berlin International Film Festival next week.
Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television said “The fascination with Picnic at Hanging Rock continues to captivate people around the world and we are delighted to bring the world premiere of this iconic Australian story to Foxtel subscribers. It is a watershed moment for the talented creatives involved and testament to Foxtel’s unwavering commitment to Australian storytelling.
“The reaction we have received from broadcasters and video platforms in many countries is an enormous boost of confidence for our local industry and paves the way for the Australian film and television community to take its skills and expertise to audiences around the globe.”
The reimagining is the latest in a line of Aussie remakes including Wake in Fright, Romper Stomper, The Devil’s Playground and Mystery Road.
The FremantleMedia Australia production was shot in Victoria, and has already deals in place with Amazon Prime Video in the US, BBC for the UK, Canal+ in France and SKY New Zealand’s premium entertainment channel SoHo.
Picnic at Hanging Rock is a FremantleMedia Australia production for Foxtel. Executive producers are FremantleMedia Australia’s Jo Porter and Anthony Ellis and Foxtel’s Penny Win, script producer and establishing writer is Beatrix Christian, Writer Alice Addison, producer Brett Popplewell, directors are Larysa Kondracki, Michael Rymer and Amanda Brotchie. FremantleMedia International is distributing the series worldwide.
Sunday May 6 at 8.30pm on Showcase.