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"Picnic at Hanging Rock" TV Series is an Australian Television Drama Series screening on Foxtel's Showcase on 6 May 2018. The series was adapted from Joan Lindsay's 1967 Novel of the same name about a group of schoolgirls who, while on an outing to Hanging Rock, mysteriously disappear. A gripping reimagining of the iconic Australian novel that plunges us into the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and their governess on Valentine’s Day, 1900. Exploring the event’s far-reaching impact on the students and staff of Appleyard College and its enigmatic headmistress, theories soon abound, paranoia sets in, and long-held secrets surface, as the Rock exerts its strange power and the dark stain of the unsolved mystery continues to spread.

A mysteriously vast narrative, as gripping as a true crime saga and as playful as the best contemporary fiction, the central narrative follows the impact of the disappearance on the students and staff of Appleyard College, their enigmatic and formidable headmistress and the township at large. All the elements are there. A compelling mystery, dangerous secrets, provocative scandals. Sex and murder. Love and death. Beauty and cruelty. An eccentric Gothic mansion, built with gold-rush winnings out in the Australian bush. A cast of relatable characters, twisting in a furnace of change and reinvention. A magnificent female antagonist, a handsome young hero, a rebellious young heroine. It explores the spreading stain of an unsolved mystery. Theories abound, secrets are exposed and hysteria sets in, until eventually, the lives of our characters unravel.

Each episode pieces together the events that led up to the disappearance. Pivotal moments are shown from conflicting view-points, creating fresh suspicions and unexpected suspects. Events at the picnic have a ripple effect. The stakes are high. The clock is ticking. Time plays tricks, as in the novel. Exposing glimpses of the characters’ pasts and futures.

Tapping into our fear of the unknown, the series explores issues of controlling sexuality more relevant than ever at this point in history, and speaks to modern notions of nationhood and identity.

Nature is the very heart of who we are. But can we control it?

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