Netflix has announced that it will premiere Thomas M. Wright’s psychological thriller feature The Stranger in October.

The Stranger on Netflix
The Stranger — Photo by Ian Routledge / Netflix

Following the film’s world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival back in May, and its Australian premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival this past Friday, The Stranger will premiere globally on Netflix in October.

Written and directed by Thomas M. Wright (Acute Misfortune, Top of the Lake), and starring Golden Globes nominee Joel Edgerton (Loving, Boy Erased) and BAFTA Award winner Sean Harris (Southcliffe, Macbeth), the film revolves around two strangers who strike up a conversation on a long journey. One is a suspect in an unsolved missing person’s case; the other is an undercover operative on his trail. Their uneasy friendship is at the core of this tightly-wrought thriller, which is based on the true story of one of the largest investigations and undercover operations in Australia.

Joel Edgerton in The Stranger
Joel Edgerton in The Stranger — Photo by Ian Routledge / Netflix

Said writer-director Thomas M. Wright:

“With The Stranger, I wanted to make a psychological crime film that took audiences into a place that was hidden — a film that was authentic and realistic in its detail, but also immersive and cinematic. A film that demanded attention and investment. A film that an audience could lean into — and fall into.

“I centered 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.

Sean Harris in The Stranger
Sean Harris in The Stranger — Photo courtesy of Netflix

“The ‘Stranger’ of the title could stand for the person responsible for this crime, the victim, those affected by their loss, or the central character in the film — whose name we never learn; or it could stand for the nameless individuals who, in the end, resolve the film.

“For an independent Australian film to premiere in the Official Selection in Cannes, and then be brought to the largest audience anywhere as a Netflix film, is unprecedented. We couldn’t be more proud of this film and to be partnering with Netflix to release it to an international audience.”

A production of See-Saw Films, Anonymous Content, and Blue Tongue Films, The Stranger is produced by Rachel Gardner; See-Saw Films’ Iain Canning and Emile Sherman; Blue Tongue Films’ Joel Edgerton; and Anonymous Content’s Kim Hodgert and Kerry Kohansky-Roberts. The executive producers are Simon Gillis of See-Saw Films; Thorsten Schuhmacher of Rocket Science; Lars Sylvest; and Morgan Emmery and Jean-Charles Levy of Trinity Media Financing.

The Stranger will have a theatrical release in Australia before launching globally on Netflix in October. Stay tuned for updates about its streaming premiere date.


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The Stranger: Netflix to Premiere Psychological Crime Thriller in October
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