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!

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