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Netflix Picks Up Aussie Crime Thriller

Netflix has acquired Australian crime thriller The Stranger, which stars Joel Edgerton and Sean Harris.

The film debuted in Cannes this year, and is based on a true story of a murder suspect and an undercover operative who share an uneasy friendship. The film will hit Netflix in October.

“With The Stranger I wanted to make a psychological crime film that took audiences into a place that is hidden — a film that was authentic and realistic in its detail, but also immersive and cinematic,” said director Thomas M. Wright.

“A film that demanded attention and investment. A film that an audience could lean into – and fall into.

“I centred the film on people who didn’t know the victim, but who devoted years of their lives — and their mental and physical health — to them; because though violence is the reason for this film, it is not its subject. Its subject is the connections between people. That means that, for me, this is a film defined by empathy.”

Before hitting Netflix, the film will have an Australian theatrical release.

“For an independent Australian film to premiere in Official Selection in Cannes — and then be brought to the largest audience anywhere as a Netflix film is unprecedented,” Wright continued.

“We couldn’t be more proud of this film or to be partnering with Netflix to release it to an international audience.”

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