Picnic at Hanging Rock: Miniseries (2018)


Miniseries
Picnic at Hanging Rock

Critics Consensus

Natalie Dormer charms in Picnic at Hanging Rock, a stylish retelling of an Australian classic -- though convoluted sub-plots at times distract from its otherwise tantalizing delights.

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Critic Ratings: 53

60%

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Air date: May 6, 2018

Late in the 19th century, Hester Appleyard arrives in Australia, haunted by a secret past; she starts a school for girls, but the unthinkable happens on Valentine's Day 1900 when the enigmatic headmistress allows her pupils to picnic at Hanging Rock.

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Hester's three star pupils and a governess have disappeared; local men search for the missing, led by a dogged sergeant; an aristocratic young Englishman, who was the last person to see the girls, returns to the Rock and makes a shocking discovery.

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The missing Rothschild heiress, Irma Leopold, has been found unharmed but claiming to remember nothing; rumors spread and the sergeant turns his attention to the college; his investigation intensifies Hester's paranoia.

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Hester struggles to contain mounting hysteria as aftershocks from the disappearance continue to disrupt the old order; a mysterious visitor summons memories of Hester's dark past; Sara seeks escape from the college.

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French governess Mademoiselle is growing increasingly suspicious of Mrs. Appleyard's erratic behavior, and she fears the worst when she is told that Sara was unexpectedly collected by her guardian; a secret vow made by the missing girls is revealed.

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Hester has grown increasingly certain that her vengeful husband is behind the disappearances and is coming after her; as she prepares to flee, the arrival of Sara's guardian provides conclusive proof of Mrs. Appleyard's lies.

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Cast & Crew

Natalie Dormer
Mrs. Hester Appleyard

Actor
Samara Weaving
Irma Leopold

Actor
Madeleine Madden
Marion Quade

Actor
Lily Sullivan
Miranda Reid

Actor
Lola Bessis
Mademoiselle Dianne de Poitiers

Actor
Yael Stone
Dora Lumley

Actor
Anna McGahan
Miss McGraw

Actor
Sibylla Budd
Mrs. Valange

Actor
Ruby Rees
Edith Horton

Actor
Inez Currõ
Sara Waybourne

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Harrison Gilbertson
Michael Fitzhubert

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Philip Quast
Arthur

Actor
Marcus Graham
Tomasetti

Actor
James Hoare
Albert Crundall

Actor
Don Hany
Dr Mackenzie

Actor
Jo Porter
Executive Producer
Anthony Ellis
Executive Producer
Penny Win
Executive Producer
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  • Apr 04, 2021
    Beautiful and gripping fast. Anything was possible in Australia with a fresh start. And anyone could be anyone else. Some dream sequences were hard to differentiate with the insane sequences. Toward the end, Sara was escaping and then was found dead. Seems like a major plot hole. Would have given better rating otherwise. Most bad reviews are about the bad taste it gives to some because it is all girls in charge and not angelic ones.
  • Feb 21, 2020
    Needs much more mistery
  • Feb 18, 2020
    Series Directed by: Larysa Kondracki, Michael Rymer ,Amanda Brotchie Developed By: Beatrix Christian and Alice Addison Cast: Natalie Dormer, Lily Sullivan, Lola Bessis, Samara Weaving,Inez Curro Network: Amazon It is considered one of the most quintessentially Australian novels of all time. The 1975 film adaptation not only helped popularize the Australian New Wave internationally, it also launched the careers of Oscar-nominated director Peter Weir. It takes a lot of guts to have another go at such an iconic property, but somehow screenwriters Beatrix Christian and Alice Addison, along with Larysa Kondracki (director of three episodes and general "creative consultant") pull it off. Weir's 1975 Hanging Rock is considered one of the haziest, dreamiest, most disorienting films ever. The 2018 television adaptation has those qualities too, especially the earlier episodes helmed by Kondracki, but it also embraces the gothic implications of the story. Natalie Dormer fully embraces the gothic femme fatale tradition as a decidedly younger Mrs. Appleyard than the Weir film has accustomed us to. Yet, she is terrific casting withering stares and dropping barbed comments. Watching her lord over Appleyard College is deliciously entertaining in the manner of vintage Hammer Films. the voluminous flashbacks featuring the missing students (and their wayward teacher Miss McCraw) quite effectively and intriguingly deepen the story and strengthen the character development. They also explain how what was quite haunting as a one hundred-minute film can hold up and maintain its atmosphere of mystery over six fifty-some-minute episodes. Hanging Rock 2018 could very well catapult the twentysomething central trio of Lily Sullivan, Samara Weaving (niece of Hugo), and Madeleine Madden to international stardom. In a way, they are archetypes who together make a whole. This time around, the underclassman Sara Waybourne is played by the conspicuously younger (and talented) Inez Curro, which makes the dynamics of her hero-worshipping relationship with Reid much more logical and believable. Among the grown-ups, Lola Bessis nicely counterbalances Miss Appleyard's evil eye as French instructor Mlle. de Poitiers, who emerges as Hanging Rock's gothic heroine. All six episodes were lensed by cinematographer Gary Phillips, giving the series a consistent, evocative look. The rock itself is quite an eerily beautiful locale. Indeed, throughout the series, viewers can palpably feel how the secluded environment and oppressive Australian heat could drive anyone a little mad, especially when combined with raging teenage hormones. No matter how highly you regard the 1975 classic, the 2018 Hanging Rock will still pull you in and propel you to binge the entire series. Very enthusiastically recommended, the new Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • Jan 13, 2020
    Watch the Peter Weir movie instead of this. That film is made by people who understand visual storytelling, film, narrative, characterization.... basically everything of value.
  • Jul 24, 2019
    A surreal gothic noir set in Victorian 1900's that leaves you with a sense of breathlessly uncomfortable suspension as the mystery unfolds and we get to know these girls after the fact. It can be slow at times, but well worth the wait.
  • Jun 02, 2019
    A stylish retelling of Joan Lindsay's classic, this series sets itself apart from the excellent 1975 movie by adding a little more meat to the bones of some of the characters stories. While sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, it is refreshing to see a different take that doesn't just rehash what came before it. Natalie Dormer's Mrs Appleyard is given a completely new back story and played fiendishly well by Dormer, and some interesting new dynamics are introduced between the girls of the story. The score, while not quite as haunting as the panflutes of the original movie, is wonderfully atmospheric in its own way, particularly the theme for Miranda. For those familiar with the infamous supposed final chapter of Lindsay's novel published several years after her death, there are some interesting nods to the conclusion said to be (albeit without proof) the original intension of Lindsay before she was advised to trim the chapter from the story in the interest of retaining the mystery. While the series doesn't commit all the way to this ending, there are certainly elements of it apparent. I personally enjoyed this new and intriguing conclusion but it could prove frustrating to some. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable show occasionally bloated by subplots but definitely worth the time.
  • Mar 10, 2019
    Samara Weaving is a terrible actress...how does she get work?
  • Mar 01, 2019
    meh....the ending spoils the whole series. all the mystery and questions we as viewers want answered are left unfulfilled. dont waste your time.
  • Oct 19, 2018
    I don’t think the writers ever read the book or saw the original movie. What nonsense.
  • Oct 09, 2018
    Natalie Dormer (Queen Marj 4ever) eu te venero!

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