Mademoiselle Dianne de Poitiers played by Lola Beiss
The young French governess (in addition to teaching French and Dancing, she also takes charge of the girls’ wardrobes) is a romantic. She enjoys the company of the girls, who are closer to her in age and sensibility than any of her fellow teachers. She likes the servants downstairs well enough, particularly Minnie, but Mrs Appleyard doesn’t approve of fraternising with the help, and Mademoiselle’s been brought up to respect these differences in class. Appleyard College is a lonely life for her really, but that’s no reason to settle for the Louis Montpelier, the town watchmaker. The only thing they have in common is the fact they’re both French and that isn’t the slightest bit romantic. But her fantasies turn to nightmares after the picnic (it had been Miranda, her “Botticelli angel” who petitioned her for the excursion to Hanging Rock), and the only way to uncover the truth now is to engage with reality… as terrifying as that may be. What has happened to Sara Waybourne?
More about Lola Beiss
Lola Bessis is a French actress and filmmaker. After making the award-winning short film Checkpoint, Lola writes, directs and stars in her first feature film, Swim Little Fish Swim, at only age 21. The film is singled out at festivals (SXSW; Rotterdam; Sao Paulo), enjoys wide theatrical release in several countries and plays on HBO and Netflix amongst other international networks, thus bringing Lola a great deal of media attention. According to The Hollywood Reporter “Bessis has a natural screen presence that should ensure future work in romantic comedies”.
And in 2016 Interview Magazine features Lola as one of the 15 Hollywood Most Wanted up and rising actors.
She then pursues her acting career both in France and in the US starring in prestigious movies and TV series such as Mr and Mrs Adelman; Nighthawks and the indie US drama Thirst Street (Tribeca’17; Venice’17) also starring Anjelica Huston.
In 2018 she will lead the Foxtel/Amazon US mini-series reboot of the iconic novel and movie Picnic at Hanging Rock alongside Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer and Orange is the New Black star Yael Stone.
On top of this, she has just directed a short series for high fashion brand Chloé and she is about to direct her second feature film.