Joan Lindsay's original plot follows three adolescent girls and their governess, who suddenly disappear from their school on a sunny February day in the Australian outback. Long-buried secrets begin to resurface and send tremors through the ground that the Appleyard College staff and students walk on.
The 1975 film by Australian director Peter Weir most concerned itself with the aesthetic of the adaptation, the soft impressionist images and tender look at childhood seen through a veil so as to make the girls emerge from the landscape.
The miniseries is not like the film. In the hands of writers Beatrix Christian and Alice Addison, we're promised an intimate study of character, and the straining tensions formed in the institutions forcefully moulding ambitious young girls into the women society demands they should be.
Picnic at Hanging Rock airs on BBC Two this summer. Date and time: TBD
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