Wild Bunch is gearing up to sell the distribution rights to Australian drama Strangerland at the Cannes Film Festival and today, we have our first look at the movie along with a new synopsis.
Scripted by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons, the film stars Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving and follows Catherine and Matthew Parker (Fiennes and Kidman), whose lives are turned upside down when their children go missing. It’s soon made clear that something terrible has happened and as the stakes rise and tensions mount, the couple finds themselves “pushed to the brink.”
For more, you can check out the full plot synopsis 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.
Aside from this first photo and official summary, not much else has been revealed about Strangerland. Based on what we know so far though, my curiosity has been piqued. The cast is strong, the remote desert town should make for a great setting, and the plot is certainly intriguing. If this one can avoid falling into cliche and present a fresh take on the “children go missing” story, something we saw quite recently with Prisoners, then we might just have another intense, nail-biting, thriller on our hands.
Strangerland is currently without a release date, but we’ll keep you posted when we hear more.
Source: Screen Daily