The Film Stage
May 5, 2014
While she’ll be opening the Cannes Film Festival with Grace of Monaco — a film we might not actually get to see in the United States for a long time, as a Harvey Weinstein-spearheaded editing battle continues — it won’t be the only project featuring Nicole Kidman. Wild Bunch will be selling distribution rights for the Australian drama Strangerland and today brings the first still and new synopsis.
Recently wrapping up production, one can see a weathered Kidman and co-star Joseph Fiennesabove in the drama that marks the narrative debut of Kim Farrant. Also starring Hugo Weaving, the script by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons follows the couple as Catherine and Matthew Parker, whose marriage is pushed to the brink when their two teenage children disappear into the remote Australian desert and they are forced to confront the mystery of their children’s fate. Check out the extended synopsis below.
Catherine (Nicole Kidman) and Matt Parker are trying to adjust to their new life in the remote Australian desert town of Nathgari. They are pleasant but keep to themselves, unwilling to get close to anyone. On the eve of a massive dust storm, their lives are rocked when their two teenage children, Lily and Tom disappear into the desert. With Nathgari now eerily smothered in red dust and darkness, the locals join the search lead by local cop, David Rae (Hugo Weaving). It soon becomes apparent that something terrible may have happened to them. Suspicion is cast, rumors spread and ancient Aboriginal stories are told in whispers as the locals begin to turn against the couple. With temperatures rising and the chances of survival plummeting with each passing day, Catherine and Matthew find themselves pushed to the brink, as they struggle to survive the uncertainty of their children’s fate.
Strangerland is seeking U.S. distribution.