Tue 31 Oct 2017, 09:42
Nicole Kidman returns to her homeland in this chilling thriller that opened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015.
If you’re anything like us, you watched in awe as Nicole Kidman played privileged Celeste in upperclass Monterey, a woman hiding a dark secret that won’t stay contained, in HBO miniseries Big Little Lies.
(And if you haven’t seen the show, start immediately, and binge on all episodes on Showmax - trust us, you don’t want to miss Kidman’s - or Laura Dern’s or Alexander Skarsgard’s - Emmy-winning performance.)
After we finished the series, we were just a little bit in love with Kidman, and the movie Strangerland landed on Showmax with something like divine timing.
Strangerland is filled corner to corner with eeriness, and the landscape plays such a strong role, it might as well be a character. It’s set in the Outback in Kidman’s homeland of Australia, a harsh place to live, but the reality Kidman’s character is facing is even bleaker than the empty desert that surrounds her.
She plays Catherine Parker, a mother of two children, Lily and Tom, who moves her family to Nathgari, a remote Outback town. Her husband Matthew (Joseph Fiennes) is a pharmacist, and both parents and kids are struggling to fit in and to start their lives afresh in a place where everyone knows everyone else’s business.
And then Lily and Tom disappear into the desert without warning.
In the investigation that ensues, it becomes clear that the Parkers had a secret to hide, and have been running away from it since they arrived in Nathgari.
But like so many secrets, this one refuses to stay under wraps. Catherine finds herself haunted by the past, and questioning everything. For one thing, why is her husband Matthew so reluctant to join the search for the kids?
Watch Strangerland on Showmax now »
And if you need another critically acclaimed Kidman fix, check out The Hours, also on Showmax in which she plays tragic poet Sylvia Plath - with a jaw-droppingly realistic prosthetic nose.
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By Laura Cooke