An out­back thriller star­ring Ni­cole Kid­man marks an aus­pi­cious de­but for an Aus­tralian film­maker, writes

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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.”

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