By Travis Johnson

Mia Wasikowska (Tracks, Stoker, Maps to the Stars) will star as Judy in Judy and Punch, a feature film re-imagining of the traditional (and creepy as all hell) puppet show, for actress turned writer/director Mirrah Foulkes. The film comes to us courtesy of VICE Media Australia with Blue-Tongue Films.

Set in the fictional town of Seaside, Judy and Punch follows two puppeteers, vain, charismatic Punch and his resilient, talented wife, Judy, as they attempt to resurrect their show as a means of escaping their decrepit town.

Foulkes calls the project “…a crazy mix of fantasy, feminism and fanaticism” and promises an in-film universe that is “…coarse and brutal, bubbling with violence, misogyny and magic.” which sounds like a good time. The film marks Foulkes’ first feature after having cut her teeth on a number of well-regarded shorts, including Dumpy Goes to the Big Smoke (2012), Florence Has Left the Building (2014) and Trespass (2016).

“Mirrah has written a brilliantly entertaining and highly original script, and has such a unique vision as a director,” said producers Michele Bennett and Nash Edgerton. “We’re very excited to be working with her and collaborating with the ground-breaking team at VICE Media, who have championed both Mirrah and Judy and Punch from the outset.”


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