Kidman’s support gives debut feature a boost; film sector gets funding push in WA; ignored at home but 100 Bloody Acres a hit in Sitges.
Keen Kidman key to kickstart for Kim
Nicole Kidman’s enthusiasm helped finance rising writer-director Kim Farrant’s debut film Strangerland, which will co-star Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving. Screen Australia chief executive Ruth Harley says the Australian actress sought her out to support Strangerland at the Toronto International Film Festival last month. ”That’s absolutely never happened to me before,” Harley says. ”What attracted her to it was the clarity of the director’s vision and Nicole’s interest in the raw world presented in the film that’s an Australia she hasn’t seen on screen before.” The film centres on a couple whose relationship is pushed to the brink when their two teenage children disappear in the desert.