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Natalie Dormer to star in Amazon Prime original Picnic at Hanging Rock

Monday, May 14th 2018 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

A new adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel Picnic at Hanging Rock will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video from 25 May.

It stars Natalie Dormer as Mrs Hester Appleyard, the enigmatic headmistress of an isolated Australian girls’ boarding school, and tells the story of three pupils who inexplicably vanish while on a Valentine’s Day picnic.

Dormer is best known for her role as Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones but has also had starring roles in The Tudors, Elementary and The Hunger Games film franchise.

Appearing alongside her in Picnic at Hanging Rock, a Prime original series, are Samara Weaving (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Madeleine Madden (Tomorrow When the War Began) and Lily Sullivan (Camp) as the three students who disappear.

Other cast members include Lola Bessis (Swim Little Fish Swim), Anna McGahan (Underbelly), Sibylla Budd (The Secret Life of Us), Ruby Rees (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) and Inez Curro (Little Heart).

Orange Is The New Black’s Yael Stone also stars as Miss Dora Lumley, one of the teachers at Appleyard College.

Ruby Rees, Samara Weaving, Madeleine Madden and Lily Sullivan in Picnic at Hanging Rock

This adaptation has been highly-anticipated Down Under – the original book is considered to be one of the best Australian novels, inspiring a critically-acclaimed film of the same name directed by Peter Weir and its story becoming a part of Australia’s national folklore.

Amazon worked with FremantleMedia Australia to produce the six-part series, which had its world premiere on Foxtel in Australia but will soon be available for viewers in the UK and the US through the Prime streaming service.

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