SEX AND STRANGERS
An outback thriller starring Nicole Kidman marks an auspicious debut for an Australian filmmaker, writes
a cop he’d seen a lot of shit go down and been living in a series of country towns and people can get quite hard in isolated rural landscapes.”
The story behind Kidman’s return home for her second independent Australian film in a relatively short period (after 2013’s The Railway Man) is testament to the international breadth of this country’s actors. Weaving and Kidman share an American agent, who suggested she read the Strangerland script. Kidman loved it and wanted to participate, so Farrant flew to the star’s Nashville home “to make sure we were on the same page”.
“And it was really lovely to hear from her why she wanted to do it, because it’s such a demanding role and such a vulnerable character that I wanted to make sure she was really up for it,” Farrant says. “And she was. I was pretty lucky. Blessed.”