Australian thriller KIDNAPPED in cinemas March 18, 2021
The story follows Californian Attorney Savannah Morgan (van der Boom), who is living the dream of bringing her husband Brad (Lasance) and their five-year old daughter Aria, back to her birthplace in Queensland, Australia. When Aria goes missing from the resort’s Kidz Club, this idyllic holiday in paradise becomes Savannah’s worst nightmare. Suspicions point everywhere but ultimately the heart pounding race to find the little girl alive leads Savannah to the discovery of a hidden family secret, that will change her life forever.
KIDNAPPED was developed by Sepia Films out of Vancouver Canada and Brisbane based The Steve Jaggi Company and marks their first foray into a growing market segment. The script was written by Australian writer Shanrah Wakefield and directed by Canadian director Vic Sarin. The film co-stars Melina Vidler, Lynn Gilmartin, Sami Afuni, Ngoc Phan and introduces Molly Belle Wright as Aria.
The cast and crew assembled at the picturesque Thala Beach Nature Reserve in Far North Queensland in August 2020 to film the project, adhering to strict COVID production guidelines. Producer Steve Jaggi comments “Having already filmed This Little Love of Mine in Far North Queensland, we knew that filming in a pandemic was possible. The unique location of Thala Beach Nature Reserve allowed us to create a production bubble in this small piece of paradise. It wasn’t always easy and operating under COVID safe guidelines meant significant changes for all departments, but our cast and crew were incredible, and everyone worked hard to keep the production safe.”
Canadian director Vic Sarin flew into Australia to direct the film and comments “I spent my teenage years living in Australia and like the lead character in this film, I have many fond memories of my early life there. Right off the bat, I identify with her excitement to return to a place she left behind, but which lingers in her memory.” He adds “I’m always drawn to stories that are built out of the love within a family. Though this is a thriller with dark themes, it is centred around characters who yearn for a happy, intact family.”
KIDNAPPED is produced by Steve Jaggi, Spencer McLaren, Kim C. Roberts and Tina Pehme, with Kylie Pascoe and Sophie Tilson co-producing. Sheri Singer and Lee Matthews are Executive Producers.
KIDNAPPED will be released theatrically by Athabasca Film, screening in select cinemas across Australia in an exclusive deal with Event Cinemas and Village Cinemas.