It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: their child gone, without a trace, disappeared. Kim Farrant’s Australian-set Strangerland takes that idea, that general fear, and pumps it up with lots of additional elements, like that it’s two kids who are missing and that a massive dust storm is coming or even that, perhaps, just maybe, those kids’ parents have some super secrets that aren’t helping matters much.
Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes star in the film as Catherine and Matthew Parker, recently decamped to the desert town of Nathgari, who discover that their two kiddos, Lily (Maddison Brown) and Tommy (Nicholas Hamilton), have gone missing. That would be enough to contend with, but there appears to be something else amiss in the town, and whatever the hell is happening with Catherine and local lawman David Rae (Hugo Weaving) only seems to muddle things further.
Oh, and the dust storm! That damn dust storm. As Catherine and Matthew go bonkers trying to find their kids, Nathgari is swiftly covered by a massive (and, based on this new trailer, very quick) dust storm that not only makes it impossible to see five feet in front of you, but that also makes searching for a couple of kids (or even some clues) a true fool’s errand. That all sounds nerve-wracking enough, and this new trailer—which opens with Kidman screaming her head off—plays on that in a big way, but it also comes with the sense that we’re missing a lot of pieces of the final story. That’s one way to sell a mystery—and one we like a lot. Take a peek.
The trail of the tape
Director: Kim Farrant
Screenwriter: Michael Kinirons, Fiona Seres
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes, Hugo Weaving
Release date: Not yet announced
The entire trailer in one line of dialogue: “I reckon that girl’s a goner.”
The entire trailer in one screengrab:
Strangerland has played a bit on the festival circuit so far—including a January showing at Sundance—but I’ve somehow managed to miss any spoilers. This new trailer is very intriguing, with a lot of moving parts, and a hefty dose of mystery that leaves me wanting to see more.
Of course, now I feel dirt in my teeth, but that seems like an understandable side effect. Damn dust storm.