Madeleine steps back in time
Madeleine Madden is one of the hottest new talents on the Aussie TV scene, having scored triumphs in both Redfern Now and Tomorrow When the War Began. In Picnic at Hanging Rock, she gets to grips with Marion Quade.
What made you want to do Picnic?
I was excited by this and the way this classic story has been re-imagined and evolved. I knew even if I didn’t get it, this was something I’d want to watch!
How would you describe your character, Marion?
Her experiences are quite unique compared to the other girls. She’s forced into becoming an adult and she knows she faces a different future. But in this trio of girls, they create a tight unit.
How different is this new miniseries to the classic 1975 movie?
Our series stays true to the original story, but it re-imagines it and goes head-first and it takes a number of new turns that are moody and antsy and ethereal.
Is this new take on
Picnic like anything else we’ve seen?
It’s told from a female point of view, in terms of what these women went through and what their life involved. In that way, I think it will sit well alongside The Handmaid’s Tale or Big Little Lies, as another female-centric show.
What’s next for you?
I’m working on the new series Pine Gap, which we’re shooting in Alice Springs. I have had such a great range of roles in one year – may this continue!