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Australian-Irish co-production Strangerland


Filming starts

Filming begins this week in Sydney, Broken Hill and Canowindra, Australia, on the new Australian-Irish feature film Strangerland, directed by Kim Farrant and starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving.

Strangerland is a compelling mystery drama about a couple (played by Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes) whose lives unravel after their two teenage children go missing in the harsh Australian desert. Hugo Weaving plays the policeman leading the investigation.

The film is written by Australian Fiona Seres and Irish writer Michael Kinirons and produced by Naomi Wenck (Dragonfly Pictures) and Macdara Kelleher (Fastnet Films). Worldview Entertainment’s Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Maria Cestone, Sarah E. Johnson are executive producing alongside Andrew Mackie and Richard Payten. Transmission Films is the Australian and New Zealand distributor, with Wild Bunch taking international rights.

Producer Macdara Kelleher of Fastnet Films commented, “It’s wonderful for Fastnet Films to be producing an incredible project that has attracted an a-list cast in Nicole Kidman, Joe Fiennes and Hugo Weaving. And it’s great to be able to bring such talented Irish crew including cinematographer PJ Dillon, sound recordist Rob Flanagan, writer Michael Kinirons, and photographer Ross McDonnell, as well as many others, as part of the Irish-Australian co-production.”

Star Nicole Kidman said, “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.”

Andrew Mackie from Transmission Films: “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. Transmission Films is very proud to be the domestic distributor.”

Strangerland is supported by Screen Australia, the Irish Film Board, Screen NSW and Worldview Entertainment.