Judy & Punch

Directed by Mirrah Foulkes
105 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Mirrah Foulkes's astonishing, indefinable feature debut reimagines the Judy & Punch puppet show as a blackly comic feminist revenge tale starring Mia Wasikowska and Damon Herriman.

Mirrah Foulkes's astonishing, indefinable feature debut reimagines the Judy & Punch puppet show as a blackly comic feminist revenge tale starring Mia Wasikowska and Damon Herriman. It's the mid-17th century in the anarchic town Seaside (which is nowhere near the sea), and The Enlightenment feels very far away indeed. Seaside has spiralled into violence, mob rule and God-fearing hysteria. Amongst the chaos, one glimmer of artistry remains: Punch and Judy's puppet theatre. Once a master puppeteer, the charismatic Punch (Herriman) has fallen too much under the sway of whiskey, but his wife Judy (Wasikowska) is a puppeteering genius and ensures that their shows are a hit with the baying crowds. 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. Mirrah Foulkes said: "My hope is that this epic female driven vengeance story incubates a wholly original and unique world, speaking volumes through its feminine inversion of the traditional hero's journey. Judy & Punch is bat-shit-crazy and fun!". Taking cues from everything from Monty Python to The Crucible to Kill Bill, Judy & Punch is an ambitious film that finds its own singular path.

Travelling Film Festival Newcastle, June 21 - 23: Tickets also available for Judy & Punch at TFF Newcastle.

Meet the Filmmakers: Judy & Punch - Sunday 9 June, 1.30pm
Vivid Ideas and SFF Present - Talking Editing with Dany Cooper - Saturday 15 June, 4.15pm

It’s a testament to Foulkes’ confidence as a director and to the world she has created that this outlandish story sits as comfortably as it does in film.
Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

Special Guest

Mirrah Foulkes
and members of the film team
Mirrah Foulkes is an Australian actor, writer and director, who graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2003. She wrote and directed three award-winning short films: Dumpy Goes to The Big Smoke, which won the Rouben Mamoulian Award at SFF 2012, Florence Has Left The Building and Trespass. Judy & Punch, her first feature film, premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.


Sat 8 June
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
Sun 9 June
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
Thu 13 June
The Ritz Cinema Randwick
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Official Competition, Selling Fast, Festival Guests
Unclassified 15+
In English
Mirrah Foulkes
Michele Bennett, Nash Edgerton, Danny Gabai
Mia Wasikowska, Damon Herriman, Tom Budge
Mirrah Foulkes
Stefan Duscio
Dany Cooper
Australian Premiere
Women Directors, Gender & Sexuality, Arts, Australian Films, Cinephile, Comedy, Focus on Women
Company Credits
Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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