Natalie Dormer Interview: “”I thought I would simply be polite, take the call, and say that I can’t imagine getting into a corset again…” – Picnic At Hanging Rock
Having spent most of this decade corseted to her role as Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones, the last thing Natalie Dormer wanted to do was to get laced up again. But then she spent ninety minutes on FaceTime with Australian director Larysa Kondracki and became captivated by her re-imagining of Joan Lindsay’s original 1967 novel, Picnic at Hanging Rock, and how she intended to take the story beyond Aussie filmmaker Peter Weir’s classic 1975 screen adaptation.
Recalled Dormer: “I thought I would simply be polite, take the call, and say that I can’t imagine getting into a corset again. But her vision was so powerful that there was no way I wasn’t going to do it!”
Set in 1900, the six-hour Amazon Studios mini-series revolves around the mysterious disappearance of three schoolgirls and their teacher while on Valentine’s Day picnic at Australia’s fabled Hanging Rock. Dormer ultimately couldn’t resist getting back into the corset to play Hester Appleyard, the tyrannical headmistress of the all-girls’ boarding school in Victoria which is thrown into disarray by the baffling tragedy.
“This has been one of the most creatively fulfilling experiences I’ve ever had,” Dormer says. “It’s not the normal kind of psychological thriller. It’s very moody and dark and funny where you become caught up in the unsettling atmosphere of the story.”