Coleman stars as young mother Joanna, who travels from Scotland to Australia with her husband Alistair (Top of the Lake’s Ewen Leslie) and their newborn child. They’re seeking to gain custody of Alistair’s daughter from his Australia ex-wife Alexandra (played by Asher Keddie), and they’re also visiting Alistair’s mother Elizabeth.
However, an unthinkable tragedy breaks the family apart when their newborn baby disappears from a small coastal town in Australia. According to the BBC, “it is the catalyst for a journey into the disintegrating psychology of a young woman, exposing the myths and truths of motherhood.”
Coleman has described the experience of reading the script as “like walking a tightrope, racing page to page, unsettling, unknowable, uncomfortable, and thrilling.”
The Cry has been adapted by Jacquelin Perske from the popular 2013 novel of the same name by Helen FitzGerald, and is produced by Synchronicity Films. The director is Glendyn Ivin and the producer is Brian Kaczynski.