Aussie stars film new thriller 'Kidnapped' in Port Douglas


Howard Salkow

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Pictured on set in Port Douglas (from left) Claire van der Boom, Todd Lasance and director Vic Sarin. Image: Courtesy Diane Templeton.
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Unbeknown to many Port Douglas residents, a movie thriller titled Kidnapped is currently being filmed in the town.

It’s being produced by The Steve Jaggi Company and will make its debut at Event Cinemas next year.

Kidnapped is an edge-of-your-seat film starring Claire van der Boom (Palm Beach, Pulse) and Todd Lasance (Spartacus, The Vampire Diaries, The Flash, Home & Away) who will next be seen in Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse. 

The story follows Savannah Morgan (van der Boom) a woman living her dream with her husband Brad (Lasance) and their four-year-old daughter, Aria, on a resort vacation in her birth country of Australia … until Aria goes missing from the resort’s Kidz Club and it becomes her worst nightmare.

Suspicions point everywhere, but ultimately the heart-pounding race to find the little girl alive leads Savannah to a discovery about her family that she never saw coming.

Director Vic Sarin said: “I have filmed all over the world and it is fantastic to be back in Australia after all these years. The Port Douglas community has been very good to us and the shoot is tracking really well.

The story is centred round a missing child, which is any parent’s biggest fear, and something we think will resonate with audiences.” 

Van der Boom said she felt very lucky to be shooting here in Far North Queensland.

“It’s an idyllic, tropical setting that brings a contrast to the story of my character searching for her kidnapped daughter," she said.

"I’m having a lot of fun with this cast and excellent crew.”

Kidnapped is the latest project from The Steve Jaggi Company, and is a co-production with Canadian production company Sepia Films. The film is written by Australian writer Shanrah Wakefield and directed by Canadian director Vic Sarin.

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