The Film Experience
January 24, 2015
Nicole Kidman is a “Dag”
After the movie I raced to a pre-party for Strangerland starring Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes as parents whose teenage children suddenly go missing. Though I was invited my name was not on the list (eep) and I was turned away. Cast out! Shivering on the street — not from the cold but from the absence of Kidman! Happily a favorite publicist saved me (Thanks Scott!) and I was able to attend the party and the world premiere.
Nicole was late to her own party (and stayed only briefly). I was somehow roped into taking a photo of her with a fan. Sadly that fan was not me. Awkward. She did a friendly little wave to me as she disappeared. Hugo Weaving, who plays the detective investigating the case, was chattier. He was visibly surprised to hear that Proof (1991) was my entry point into his career – that fine Australian film is way too underseen. He says the Hollywood stuff is the anomaly – what he mostly does is ‘these little Australian films that no one sees.’ He says that Nicole is a joy to work with and fearless. That she’ll basically come right out and say things like ‘I’ll do anything for the camera’ but off camera she’s a “dag”. He could tell I didn’t know what the word meant, so he started with the literal meaning which, much to my horror, is basically a sheep’s dingleberries! Thankfully it has a much more affectionately teasing figurative meaning, basically a “nerd,” and he promised that cast and crew loves her.
My blurry photos!