Strange call from star

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film - Ju­lian Wright

IMAG­INE you have spent more than 10 years try­ing to get your fea­ture film de­but off the ground and you get a call out of the blue that an Academy Award win­ning A-list ac­tor wants to star in it.

That call was a re­al­ity for Kim Far­rant while cast­ing her Aus­tralian film Stranger­land, when she got word Ni­cole Kid­man wanted to take the lead role of Catherine Parker, a woman search­ing des­per­ately for her two chil­dren who go miss­ing be­fore a sand storm in a tiny, re­mote out­back town.

It was a pleas­ant sur­prise for Far­rant, who didn’t even know Kid­man had read the long-ges­tat­ing script she had been at­tached to di­rect.

“I had di­rected Hugo Weav­ing in a short film years ear­lier, then he at­tached to the first draft of the script which was amaz­ing,” she said.

“Then his agent, who he shares with Ni­cole, read a later draft, and we were lucky that he gave it to Ni­cole to read and she loved it and I got a call say­ing ‘hey Ni­cole wants to do your movie.’

“So I went to Nashville and we met and it was great to con­firm we were on the same page about what kind of film we were mak­ing and talk through the dif­fer­ent com­po­nents.”

Far­rant said the fas­ci­nat­ing themes of the script kept her push­ing to have the film made, which went on to have its world pre­miere at the Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val ear­lier this year.

“It was re­ally the themes I was fas­ci­nated by and kept be­ing chal­lenged by and in­spired by, also know­ing some­times things are hard doesn’t mean they are not right,” she said.

“Some­times you have just got to hang in there and re­ally al­low changes to hap­pen.

“For in­stance with the script we had to adapt to so­ci­ety, the world, fund­ing bod­ies, who­ever was able to stom­ach the script in the way that it cur­rently is.

“The Dal­las Buy­ers Club took 20 years, so some­times they take a while.”

Stranger­land opened June 11.

Ac­tor Ni­cole Kid­man and Kim Far­rant on the set of

Stranger­land.

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