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Picnic at Hanging Rock gets third director

AAP logoAAP 23/12/2016 By Danielle McGrane

A second Australian director has been hired to film an episode of the upcoming TV remake of Picnic At Hanging Rock following an outcry after a Canadian director was initially hired.

Production company FremantleMedia, who also make TV drama Wentworth and Neighbours, previously announced that Australian director Michael Rymer and Canadian director Larysa Kondracki had been hired to make the six 60-minute episodes.

The original film was directed by Peter Weir in 1975 and was based on the 1967 novel by Joan Lindsay about the mysterious disappearance of three schoolgirls and their teacher at Hanging Rock, Victoria on Valentine's Day in 1900.

However, the Australian Directors' Guild challenged Fremantle for hiring a Canadian director to direct the Australian television series.

Fremantle revealed on Friday that they will hire an Australian female director to join the other two in making the TV remake.

"Fremantle Media acknowledges the sensitivity around the selection of the creative team and as a consequence, we have engaged with Screen Australia, Film Victoria, the Australian Director's Guild and the commissioning broadcaster, Foxtel, to move forward in a productive manner," Jo Porter, FremantleMedia's Australia director of drama said.

"We assembled two directors who will bring this iconic story to life and honour the incredible legacy of the Joan Lindsay novel. We now welcome the engagement of a third, Australian female director to work with Michael and Larysa on this landmark project."

The Australian Director's Guild and Women In Film And Television welcomed the decision to hire a female director to help raise awareness and address the issue of gender inequality in the Australian film and TV industry.

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