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Kampusch Movie shows harrowing new pics

Harrowing images from the new movie of cellar kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch's eight years in captivity have emerged showing star Antonia Campbell-Hughes looking gaunt and painfully thin.

The film - called '3096' after the number of days Natascha spent as a prisoner - is based on Kampusch's own book on her ordeal.

Ten-year-old Londoner Amy Pidgeon is seen as the terrified young Natatscha, snatched off the streets of a Vienna suburb by pervert Wolfgang Priklopil on her way to school.

Film-makers have recreated the claustrophobic underground two by three metre cell Natasha spent eight and and half years in and had to create new filming techniques to cope with the confined space.

The new pictures - released before the film's premiere next month (feb 28) - show Northern Irish actress Antonia Campbell-Hughes in different stages as she gradually starved herself with extreme dieting during filming to capture Natascha's skeletal look when she escaped in 2006.

One picture shows a tense scene between Kampusch and her abductor - played by Thure Lindhardt - during a ski-ing trip he took her on.

The case caused enormous controversy in Austria over claims that police and officials pulled back on the investigation to protect a powerful paedophile ring.

Kampusch finally escaped while Priklopil was distracted by a phone call. He later killed himself before police could arrest him.

"It was clear. Only one of us would survive. In the end, that was me. And not him," she said later in an interview.

Vienna Times

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