March 29, 2014
NICOLE Kidman flew home to Sydney yesterday to begin filming her new Australian movie, Strangerland.
Production on the feature film, which costars Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving, is set to begi next week in Sydney before later moving to rural Canowindra and Broken Hill.
At her side yesterday were her young daughters Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret. Husband Keith Urban has remained in the US to honour TV commitments there.
Kidman’s rep has confirmed the actress expects to be in the country for three months.
Described as an indie mystery drama, the film tells the story of Catherine (Kidman) and Matthew Parker (Fiennes), whose relationship 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. Hugo Weaving plays the policeman leading the investigation.
Fiennes has stepped in at the last minute to replace Guy Pearce who pulled out last month due to scheduling conflicts.
“I am always looking for the right script to bring me home to Australia,” Kidman said.
“The moment I read Strangerland I knew this was a film I couldn’t say no to. I’m looking forward to working on a film in Australia, and I’m very excited to be working with Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving.”
It is Kidman’s first independent Australian feature since Dead Calm, the film which established her acting credentials.
Andrew Mackie of Transmission Films said: “Attracting such an A-list cast is a testament to the film’s gripping and beautifully written script, the creative vision of our director, Kim Farrant, and the passion and determination of producers Naomi Wenck and Macdara Kelleher. Transmission Films is very proud to be the domestic distributor.”