March 27, 2014
Production has begun in New South Wales on the mystery drama starring Nicole Kidman and Hugo Weaving.
Filming has just kicked off in Sydney, Broken Hill and Canowindra on the new Australian/Irish co-production, Strangerland, with Kim Farrant (who has previously directed TV drama and the 2007 doco,Naked on the Inside) making her feature debut.
Production has seen Nicole Kidman return home, along with British actor Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love, Hercules) and Hugo Weaving.
Kidman and Fiennes will play a couple whose lives unravel after their two teenage children go missing in the Australian desert, with Weaving playing the policeman leading the investigation.
Kidman is thrilled to be back on home turf to shoot the project. “I am always looking for the right script to bring me home to Australia. 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.”
The three leads will be joined by Lisa Flanagan, Meyne Wyatt, Nicholas Hamilton and model Maddison Brown in her first major acting role.
The film is scripted by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons and is produced by Naomi Wenck (Dragonfly Pictures) and Macdara Kelleher (Fastnet Films). In Australia, the film’s being distributed by Transmission Films.
Of the project, Andrew Mackie from Transmission Films, said: “It is thrilling to have Nicole Kidman appearing in her first independent film to be shot here in her home country since Dead Calm and to have such fine actors as Hugo Weaving and Joseph Fiennes also taking central roles. 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.”