The Oscar-winning beauty - who appeared in Antipodean film OSCAR AND LUCINDA in 1997 - has not intentionally rejected Australian movie roles for so long.
She says, "It's very odd, this sense that one returns to Australian film-making as if there's a plan to ever leave.
"Because I don't think one's career has a linear progression like that.
"There's no time-scale that one needs to be away and then return; there's a constant exchange and a constant dialogue.
The drama - set in Sydney's western suburbs - is being overseen by acclaimed CHOPPER director ROWAN WOODS.