Familiar role a picnic for clued-up star


IT WOULD be easy to forgive 23-year-old Lily Sullivan for knowing little about Peter Weir’s 40-year-old classic, Picnic at Hanging Rock.

But when she scored the role of group leader Miranda Reid in Foxtel’s anticipated small-screen adaptation, it was a reminder of her family in Logan.

“My mum used to show me the film growing up as a kid all the time, so it was one of those moments where you actually do get to jump into the TV, which was really exceptional and exciting,” she said.

Sullivan wrapped up production on the six-part miniseries in Victoria last month, acting alongside Natalie Dormer of Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games, Yael Stone and Samara Weaving.

Due for release this year, Foxtel’s take on the Aussie classic marks 50 years since the publishing of the Joan Lindsay novel – and the enormity of the task wasn’t lost on the cast.

media_camera(Left to right) Samara Weaving, Madeleine Madden, Natalie Dormer, and Lily Sullivan in
Picnic At Hanging Rock. Picture: Ben King

“To play such an iconic role is daunting, but the series really jumps deep into all the girls’ psyches in this crazy claustrophobic house of adolescence, so it was really exciting to get to know Miranda on a whole other level,” Sullivan said.

“There was not one ego on set. Everyone was ready to play and experiment and make something beautiful.”

Before she was 20, Sullivan honed her acting chops working alongside talent including Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Rebecca Gibney and Anthony LaPaglia.

But with the international appeal of the new Picnic At Hanging Rock, the now Melbourne-based actor hopes to make waves in Hollywood.

“It’s taking risks so I think, ultimately, it’s a game changer (for my career),” she said.

“I have an amazing team in America. At the end of the day, it’s people hiring people and you just have to be someone people want to work with and collaborate with.”

Originally published as Familiar role a picnic for clued-up star

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