Amazon Prime U.S. has bought the rights to add Foxtel‘s upcoming Australian TV drama Picnic at Hanging Rock to their line-up, following a deal with FremantleMedia International.
In what is being dubbed the largest U.S. commercial deal ever for an Australian television series, Picnic at Hanging Rock has become the third major Australian drama to be sold to the US market, with all five seasons of Wentworth, The Kettering Incident and A Place to Call Home already being screened abroad.
Starring Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), Picnic at Hanging Rock is a re-imagining of Joan Lindsay‘s 1967 novel. The series delves viewers into the eerie disappearances of three Appleyard College schoolgirls and one teacher on Valentine’s Day 1900. The story follows the subsequent investigation and the impact the events had on students, families and staff of Appleyard College, and on the nearby township. The TV show is the first on-screen retelling of Valentine’s Day mystery since the release of the 1975 BAFTA award winning film of the same name.
“Negotiations between Foxtel, the distributor, Fremantle, and four major American based networks/streaming services, have been in train for many weeks. The partnership with Amazon marks the most lucrative programme sale ever struck for a locally produced television series and Foxtel is delighted with the outcome,” said Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television.
In addition to Dormer, the series stars Lily Sullivan (Camp, Jungle) as Miranda Reid, Madeleine Madden (Tomorrow When The War Began, High Life) as Marion Quade, Samara Weaving (Monster Trucks, The Babysitter) as Irma Leopold, Ruby Rees (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) as Edith Horton and Inez Curro as Sara Waybourne.
The mystery series is directed by Larysa Kondracki, Michael Rymer and Amanda Brotchi, produced by Brett Popplewell and executive produced by FremantleMedia Australia’s Jo Porter and Anthony Ellis and Foxtel’s Penny Win. The script is penned by script producer and establishing writer Beatrix Christian and writer Alice Addison.