Port Douglas Set to Star in Release of New Kidnapped Thriller

THE compelling Australian thriller KIDNAPPED, which was filmed in Port Douglas and stars Claire van der Boom (Palm Beach, Pulse) and  Todd Lasance (Spartacus, The Vampire Diaries, The Flash), releases in select cinemas across Australia from March 18, 2021. 

The Kidnapped 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.

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. 

Kidnapped Producer Steve Jaggi

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. Session times for Cairns’ Event cinemas are yet to be released.