Picnic at Hanging Rock

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This six-episode Australian television drama series is adapted from Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel, which tells the tale of a group of schoolgirls who disappear while on an outing to Hanging Rock in 1900.

On Valentine’s Day, 1900, a group of schoolgirls from the local College take a day trip to dark and brooding Hanging Rock. As the sun beats down and the picnic progresses, three girls and their governess go missing in the Australian bush.

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.
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