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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.

Natalie Dormer ormer and ( (in­set) in­set) in Main pic­ture: GETTY IM­AGES

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