20 October 2013 12:49 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Screen Australia is investing $5.4 million in six feature films from directors Gillian Armstrong,. Jeremy Sims and Paul Cox and rising filmmakers Kim Farrant, Mark Grentell and Alexs Stadermann.

Nicole Kidman, Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving will star in Farrant.s Strangerland, a mystery drama about a couple whose lives unravel after their two teenage children go missing in the harsh Australian desert.

Michael Caton and Jacki Weaver are attached to star in Sims. Last Cab to Darwin, a comedy-drama about a dying man.s final journey based on Reg Cribb's play Last Cab to Darwin.

Caton will play Rex, a terminally ill cab driver who drove 3,000 km from his home in Broken Hill to Darwin in the early 1990s in hopes of taking advantage of the Northern Territory's voluntary euthanasia laws. Ningali Lawford has been cast as Polly, an Aboriginal woman who is Rex.s next door neighbour and occasional lover, »

- Don Groves

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