Interview with Lily Sullivan who plays Miranda Reid in Picnic at Hanging Rock
Set to premiere on Wednesday July 11th at 9:05pm
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How would you describe Picnic at Hanging Rock?
I think we are taking a classic and a beautiful, period piece - and destabilising it. Itâ€™s also following powerful, beautiful, strong, twisted, tormented, flawed women.
Tell us about your character, Mirandaâ€¦
Miranda is a bit of a dreamer. She has to be, considering the world she has been thrust into. She definitely likes to escape reality. Sheâ€™s earthy, strong, opinionatedâ€¦ I think that comes from growing up on a farm with four brothers, totally treated as an equal - gender does not apply whatsoever. I think out of all the girls sheâ€™s really tasted the notion that women are equal to men.
What attracted you to this project?
Growing up, it was my mumâ€™s favourite film - so I had seen it a bunch of times. As a kid there was that haunting element, but then also the beauty of itâ€¦ I was so excited to jump into the TV adaptation, because the film is such a beautiful, moving poem.
How did you prepare for the role?
Before I found out I got the part - the day before my final audition - I went to the Rock for the first time and started running my lines dramatically whilst having a picnic on one of the big, giant boulders - looking out onto the horizon. It was wonderful.
I also read the book for the first time. It was so exciting to see that Joan Lindsey had such a hatred and dislike of the idea of time. The movie captures that really weird, lucid feeling. It was wonderful to dive deep into all of the charactersâ€™ subconscious and psyches - and to then read Beatrixâ€™s adaptation of the script, which is so much deeper and darker and messier and real. Itâ€™s the grittier side. Itâ€™s exciting. This house is this big vortex, itâ€™s the heart of all of these strong spirits.
What are the other characters like?
I think all the characters are a different version of one another. Itâ€™s one human. Weâ€™ve got Marion, who is the intellect. Weâ€™ve got Sarah, the innocence. Mrs Appleyard is the broken, fractured woman. Miranda is the earthy, free-spirited one. Irma is unapologetic, wealthy, upfrontâ€¦ She has that power that wealth could always bring you then, a power that women should always have anyway.
Source BBC TWO
July 4, 2018 11:00am by BBC TWO