Nicole Kidman’s first indie pic on Aussie soil sees the actress united with Hugo Weaving and Joseph Fiennes for a dark tale of human survival. The brainchild of first-time director Kim Farrant, Strangerland is based on a script by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons, and has now unveiled its first trailer.
The moody drama picks up on Catherine (Kidman) and Matt Parker (Fiennes), a couple who relocate to the Australian desert with their family in tow. When their kids go missing in the vast desert, they must confront the terrible fate of what’s happened to the two teenagers. Reaching out to the community they’ve kept at arm’s length, they enlist local copper David (Weaving) to help with the search.
A hint of A Cry In The Dark? A smidgen of Jindabyne? The trailer points towards another solid trio of performances from the leading cast – and a particularly harrowing turn from Kidman. It’s unusual that there’s no release date confirmed for Strangerland, because it’s got all the makings of a sturdy character-driven drama that would likely fare well come awards season.
Check out the preview above and let us know what you make of it in the comments section below.
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.
Source: The Film Stage