TO UPDATE: Picnic at Hanging Rock showed around in April Tribeca Film Festival .
student Larysa Kondracki '01 will direct three episodes of the highly anticipated TV miniseries Picnic at Hanging Rock , which premieres in May 2018. Kondracki graduated from Columbia General Studies College in 2001 and studied in the MFA film program until 2006. The mini-series, which will comprise a total of six episodes, is a reinterpretation by the Australian author Joan Lindsay's 1967 novel , which records the mysterious disappearance of three school girls and a teacher on Valentine's Day 1900 diversity . The complex, interwoven narrative follows subsequent investigation and the far-reaching impact of the event on the students, families, and staff of Appleyard College and the nearby township.
The show will be the lead actress Natalie Dormer who played Margaret Tyrell on the TV show Game of Thrones. Dormer said he was initially skeptical of acting in another historical drama but was won over by Kondracki's vision for the miniseries. This couldn't be further from standard costume drama, Dormer said in diversity . What they did is lost in the weirdness and darkness of Joan Lindsay's novel. I realized that [Kondraki] would do anything to push the boundaries of reality and magical realism and really take the audience on a surreal ride. And I realized that it was something ... sonically, stylistically, that I had never dealt with before.
Kondracki, who is from Toronto, Canada, has directed episodes for shows like FX's Legion , Fox's Gotham , AMCs the Walking Dead , and USA Networks Graceland , among other. She wrote, produced and directed The whistleblower (2010), her first feature film starring actress Rachel Weisz.