Adaptation and Mode in the Television Picnic at Hanging Rock (2018)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


This paper presents some of the ideas central to my current developing research into the modes of historical television drama, particularly the Gothic mode. In focusing on the 2018 television adaptation of Picnic at Hanging Rock, the paper illustrates the idea of the Gothic mode in operation, considering its relationship to notions of historical trauma and their relevance to the present as being signalled by recognisable aesthetic and stylistic features. It also considers how the television adaptation engages with, and in some senses is itself haunted by, Peter Weir's 1975 film adaptation of Joan Lindsay's 1967 novel, so that it does not just adapt and expand upon the novel, but is also adapts elements from the film in order to make them strange again, or to emphasise a particular interpretation of those elements.
Period25 Oct 2023
Event titleBAFTSS Adaptation Special Interest Group Television and Adaptation Research Event
Event typeSeminar
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Television
  • Adaptation
  • Gothic
  • Film
  • Genre
  • Mode