Magazine article Variety

Deutsche Telekom Dines on 'Picnic'

Magazine article Variety

Deutsche Telekom Dines on 'Picnic'

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DEUTSCHE TELEKOM HAS snagged exclusive German rights to "Picnic at Hanging Rock," the Australian TV drama that opens this year's Berlinale Series and that its star, Natalie Dormer, says will take "the audience on a surreal ride."

German telco DT will run "Picnic" in six weekly installments on its EntertainTV service. "It combines stunning images with a complex narrative and outstanding cast," Wolfgang Elsaesser, head of DT's TV business, told Variety. "This is part of our strategy to act as an aggregator of exclusive high-quality content in the German market."

The series is a re-imagining of Joan Lindsay's classic Australian novel, which is set in 1900 and tells the story of the disappearance of a group of boarding school girls during an outing. A big-screen version by Peter Weir came out in 1975.

Dormer plays headmistress Hester Appleyard, whom she called "a contradiction" - an independent woman imbued with "old, archaic Victorian values. …

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