We’ll try to keep all our “the dingo ate your baby” jokes at bay, simply because the latest film about children getting lost in the Australian outback doesn’t sound like it’s exactly ripe for the laughs – though it may be for the lauds.
According to THR, Screen Australia has just announced a massive plan to invest $5.4 million in six new feature films that put the continent at their forefront. The first project, Kim Farrant’s Strangerland, sounds like a winner already – or a least a film we’d like to see as soon as possible.
The film has already locked down an impeccable cast, including Nicole Kidman, Guy Pearce, and Hugo Weaving. Strangerland is described as “a mystery drama about a couple whose lives unravel after their two teenage children go missing in the harsh Australian desert.” Okay, so no babies go missing in this one, but missing teens certainly pose their own unique problems. There’s no word on which parts the stars will play in the feature, but we’ll lay bets that Kidman and Pearce just might star as our shell-shocked parents. We’ll also lay a bet that Weaving won’t play one of the teens.
Contrary to popular belief, all three leads were not born in Oz, but they all have links to the country (either in terms of parentage or history), and all have lived there at one point in time, making them particularly rich picks for this new project.
The five other films financed by the deal include Backyard Ashes, Women He’s Undressed, Force of Destiny, Last Cab to Darwin,and Maya the Bee Movie.
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