Australia at Berlin: Smaller Screen, Brighter Prospects

Posh frocks, smoldering sexuality and a trail of intriguing but ultimately frustrating clues made for a great mystery back in 1975, when Peter Weir’s “Picnic-at-Hanging-Rock-2018-movie-posters/”>Picnic at Hanging Rock” first appeared on the big screen.

The tale of schoolgirl disappearances, deception and voyeurism remains a beacon of Australian cinema and launched Weir’s directing career.But these days, those narrative qualities are being explored in greater depth on the small screen by top screenwriting and directing talent.

“Picnic at Hanging Rock” has itself returned as a new TV miniseries piloted by FremantleMedia and picked up by Amazon for the U.S.

and the BBC for Britain.

Pay-channel Foxtel has it in Australia – where the novel of the same title is a classic of Australian literature – and sees the show as a subscriptions magnet.“Picnic,” which opens the Berlinale’s TV strand Monday, is the highest-profile Australian project in Berlin this year.

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