PICNIC At Hanging Rock’s leading lady Nata Natalie Dormer sees acting as a “team spo sport”, with the acclaimed UK star re revealing she was happy to swap h her English allegiances and “be an h honorary Australian” for the m making of the acclaimed Foxtel d drama, launching today. The London-based actor, who pl plays mysterious widow and sch school mistress Hester Appleyard in t the six-part literary adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s famed novel, said she revelled in the on-set “banter” between the local c cast and crew, likening it to the Irish creatives she worked with on Game Of Thrones (which films on location around Belfast and Croatia).
“Definitely the banter was extremely strong (on Picnic) and I’m used to that because of the amount I’ve worked with Irish crews (on GoT) … I’m good for it. It’s probably the Celtic gene, the geneaology of the (Australians’) descent.”
She heaped praise on the local production, claiming all her filming experiences were not as collaborative or inclusive as this co-production Media Australia.
“For me, increasingly, the more I work, I look for this collaborative feel of being part of a family … it’s a team sport, something Australia knows about. I was an honorary member of the team for five minutes and it wasn’t just about my role but how I could help the story be the best it could be,” she said. “Australia should be proud of the camaraderie that came with this show.” with Fremantle All six episodes will stream on Foxtel Now and Foxtel On Demand from 8.30pm tonight, as it begins its linear run on Foxtel’s Showcase channel.
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