Expat Nicole Kidman walks the red carpet in Sydney

One of Australia's favourite expatriates, Nicole Kidman, has walked the red carpet in Sydney at a preview of her Prime Video series, Expats.

Kidman stars in and co-executive produced the six-part series, based on the best-selling novel by Janice YK Lee.

The screening is being held at Palace Verona Cinema in Paddington, one of the last events for the arthouse venue which is set to close in early 2024.

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban in Sydney on the red carpet for Expats.
Nicole Kidman was joined on the Expats red carpet by her husband and country music star Keith Urban.

It's full circle for Kidman, who officially opened the Verona Cinema in 1996 with the premiere of Gus Van Sant’s feature To Die For, which she starred in alongside Matt Dillon and Joaquin Phoenix.

Blossom Films, Kidman's production company with Per Saari, is behind the Expats project, with Lulu Wang as creator, director, co-executive producer and writer.

It follows three American women: Margaret (Nicole Kidman), Hilary (Sarayu Blue), and Mercy (Ji-young Yoo) who are affected by a family tragedy.

The series is set in Hong Kong in 2014, the year of the city's umbrella movement mass protests in response to democracy crackdowns by the Chinese Communist Party.

Expats was criticised during its production in 2021 for Kidman's reported exemption from Hong Kong's strict quarantine rules, and for what some commentators saw as Beijing using her star power to soften perceptions of a city subject to strict censorship.

Nicole Kidman Expats still
Nicole Kidman stars in Amazon Prime series Expats, of which she was also a co-executive producer.

Filming began a few months after the arrest of Hong Kong media titan and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai, who founded the now defunct Apple Daily newspaper and is facing trial on national security charges.

Hong Kong has seen an exodus of expatriates, and its own citizens, since the 1997 Handover and the series of crackdowns that have followed.

Expats launches on Prime Video on January 26.

License this article

What is AAPNews?

For the first time, Australian Associated Press is delivering news straight to the consumer.

No ads. No spin. News straight-up.

Not only do you get to enjoy high-quality news delivered straight to your desktop or device, you do so in the knowledge you are supporting media diversity in Australia.

AAP Is Australia’s only independent newswire service, free from political and commercial influence, producing fact-based public interest journalism across a range of topics including politics, courts, sport, finance and entertainment.

What is AAPNews?
The Morning Wire

Wake up to AAPNews’ morning news bulletin delivered straight to your inbox or mobile device, bringing you up to speed with all that has happened overnight at home and abroad, as well as setting you up what the day has in store.

AAPNews Morning Wire
AAPNews Breaking News
Breaking News

Be the first to know when major breaking news happens.

Notifications will be sent to your device whenever a big story breaks, ensuring you are never in the dark when the talking points happen.

Focused Content

Enjoy the best of AAP’s specialised Topics in Focus. AAP has reporters dedicated to bringing you hard news and feature content across a range of specialised topics including Environment, Agriculture, Future Economies, Arts and Refugee Issues.

AAPNews Focussed Content
Subscription Plans

Choose the plan that best fits your needs. AAPNews offers two basic subscriptions, all billed monthly.

Once you sign up, you will have seven days to test out the service before being billed.

AAPNews Full Access Plan
Full Access
  • Enjoy all that AAPNews has to offer
  • Access to breaking news notifications and bulletins
  • Includes access to all AAPNews’ specialised topics
Join Now
AAPNews Student Access Plan
Student Access
  • Gain access via a verified student email account
  • Enjoy all the benefits of the ‘Full Access’ plan at a reduced rate
  • Subscription renews each month
Join Now
AAPNews Annual Access Plan
Annual Access
  • All the benefits of the 'Full Access' subscription at a discounted rate
  • Subscription automatically renews after 12 months
Join Now

AAPNews also offers enterprise deals for businesses so you can provide an AAPNews account for your team, organisation or customers. Click here to contact AAP to sign-up your business today.

Download the app
Download AAPNews on the App StoreDownload AAPNews on the Google Play Store