The Film Stage
November 21, 2014
With no release date for Grace of Monaco, no premiere set for Queen of the Desert andPaddington pushed back to 2015, Nicole Kidman‘s once-promising fall has now been reduced to just the release of Before I Go to Sleep, which came and went in a blip. Aside from herWerner Herzog film, perhaps her most promising film next year will be Strangerland, an Australian drama which now has its first trailer.
The narrative debut of Kim Farrant, the film also stars Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving with a script by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons. The story follows the couple of 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. The first trailer sells a tense, well-shot drama and can be seen below, along with the full synopsis.
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 will likely premiere next year and is seeking U.S. distribution.