Judy and Punch
Judy and Punch

Judy and Punch

classified 15


Please note: This was screened in Nov 2019

Mirrah Foulkes
Damon Herriman, Mia Wasikowska, Benedict Hardie
106 mins, 2019, Australia
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Mirrah Foulkes's astonishing debut feature reimagines the classic puppet show as a blackly comic, endlessly inventive feminist revenge tale.

It's the mid-17th century in the anarchic town of Seaside (uh, actually nowhere near the sea), and husband and wife puppeteers Judy (Mia Wasikowska) and Punch (Damon Herriman) are trying to resurrect their marionette show. When a Punch bender goes disastrously and violently wrong, Judy decides to wreak vengeance on those who have wronged her and, as she discovers, many others...

A traditional story has been brought back to new life with a great cocktail of feminist revision, English pop lore and anarchic comedy and it is very, very good fun. Enjoy.

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