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Katie Holmes' closed Aussie movie set


With Katie Holmes due in the country later this month, Confidential was interested to hear of the extreme lengths being taken in Melbourne to lock down the set of her new Australian film.

Security on the Docklands studios set of "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" was increased so the wife of Tom Cruise may enjoy some privacy away from the world's inquisitive media, which is expected to descend on the southern capital.

Miramax, the film backer, at the weekend confirmed security would be at a premium when Holmes, one of the world's most photographed women, arrives for what is reportedly an eight-week shoot.

It is understood the production company took the extraordinary measure of booking out all of the sound stages at the studio complex to prevent any leaks from the set.

"Please keep in mind as of now it's going to be a closed set," Miramax Film's Senior VP of international publicity Lawrence Angrisani confirmed, offering little explanation for the extravagance.

The security crackdown has only reignited rumours that Holmes will be joined by Cruise and daughter Suri during her stay.

Holmes, who recently completed filming the comedy "The Extra Man," also starring John C. Reilly and Kevin Kline, has not been in Australia since she joined Cruise here for the memorial service of Kerry Packer in 2006.

Then, Holmes and Cruise were virtually inseparable from then local Scientology posterboy, James Packer, who's fervour since cooled.

"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," based on a 1973 TV movie, follows a girl who moves in with her father and girlfriend (played by Holmes we hear) to find they share the house with some devilish monsters.