‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Natalie Dormer Joins Australian Period Drama ‘Picnic At Hanging Rock’


Natalie Dormer, Yael Stone and French actress Lola Bessis will headline the cast of Australian paynet Foxtel’s original period drama, Picnic at Hanging Rock, which goes into production in the state of Victoria next month.


Dormer will star as English headmistress Mrs Hester Appleyard; Stone is Miss Dora Lumley, mistress of Deportment and Bible Studies and Bessis plays Mademoiselle Dianne de Poitiers, mistress of French Conversation, Music and Dance, all teachers at the Appleyard College for Young Ladies.


The limited series, based on Joan Lindsay’s iconic Australian novel of the same name, centers on the mysterious disappearance of three schoolgirls and one teacher at Hanging Rock in rural Victoria  on Valentine’s Day 1900. It is being produced by FremantleMedia Australia, from scripts by Bea Christian and Alice Addison.


Peter Weir’s film of the novel made in 1975 become an instant Australian classic.



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