Judy and Punch
Theatrical film poster
Directed byMirrah Foulkes
Screenplay byMirrah Foulkes
Story by
  • Tom Punch
  • Lucy Punch
  • Eddy Moretti
  • Mirrah Foulkes
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyStefan Duscio
Edited byDany Cooper
Music byFrançois Tétaz
Production
companies
Distributed byMadman Entertainment
Release date
  • 27 January 2019 (2019-01-27) (Sundance)
  • 21 November 2019 (2019-11-21) (Australia)
Running time
105 minutes
Countries
  • Australia
LanguageEnglish
Box office$197,719[1]

Judy and Punch is a 2019 Australian black comedy film written and directed by Mirrah Foulkes in her feature film directorial debut. It stars Mia Wasikowska, Damon Herriman, Tom Budge, Benedict Hardie, Gillian Jones, Terry Norris, Brenda Palmer and Lucy Velik.

It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on 27 January 2019. It was released in Australia on 21 November 2019, by Madman Entertainment and in the United States on 5 June 2020, by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

Premise

Judy and Punch are puppeteers in the town of Seaside, England who, alongside their baby daughter, are attempting to bring their marionette show back into the public eye. Judy wins the crowd with her puppetry but Punch suffers from a drinking problem which ends up with Punch killing the baby and Judy being beaten near to death after an argument regarding their child. Thought dead and abandoned by Punch with his crime covered up, Judy seeks vengeance against her former husband.

Cast

Production

In October 2017, it was announced Mia Wasikowska had joined the cast of the film, with Mirrah Foulkes directing from a screenplay she wrote.[2] In April 2018, Damon Herriman joined the cast of the film.[3]

Release

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on 27 January 2019.[4] Shortly after, Samuel Goldwyn Films acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.[5] It was released in Australia on 21 November 2019,[6] and is scheduled to be released in the United States on 5 June 2020.[7]

Reception

Judy and Punch received positive reception from critics. It holds a 77% rating from 137 critic reviews on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, with an average of 6.61/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Judy & Punch revisits classic characters from a fresh perspective, marking debuting writer-director Mirrah Foulkes as a filmmaking talent to watch."[8] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average rating of 59 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[9]

Accolades

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (March 2020)
Award Category Subject Result Ref
AACTA Awards
(9th)
Best Film Michele Bennett Nominated [10]
Nash Edgerton Nominated
Danny Gabai Nominated
Best Direction Mirrah Foulkes Nominated
Best Screenplay, Original or Adapted Nominated
Best Actor Damon Herriman Won
Best Actress Mia Wasikowska Nominated
Best Editing Dany Cooper Nominated
Best Original Music Score François Tétaz Won
Best Production Design Jo Ford Nominated
Best Costume Design Edie Kurzer Nominated
APRA Music Awards of 2020 Best Soundtrack Album François Tétaz Won [11][12]

References

  1. ^ "Judy & Punch". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 27 December 2020. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  2. ^ Frater, Patrick (26 October 2017). "Vice Media Backing Mia Wasikowska in Judy and Punch". Variety. Archived from the original on 27 December 2020. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Damon Herriman joins the cast of Judy and Punch as cameras roll". if.com.au. 20 April 2018. Archived from the original on 27 December 2020. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Sundance Unveils Politics-Heavy Lineup Featuring Ocasio-Cortez Doc, Feinstein Drama". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 14 January 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  5. ^ Vlessing, Etan (13 May 2019). "Samuel Goldwyn Films Nabs Mia Wasikowska's 'Judy & Punch' for North America (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 27 December 2020. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Judy and Punch". Madman Entertainment. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Judy and Punch". Samuel Goldwyn Films. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Judy and Punch". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  9. ^ "Judy & Punch Reviews". Metacritic. Archived from the original on 27 December 2020. Retrieved 13 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Winners & Nominees". www.aacta.org. Archived from the original on 1 July 2019. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  11. ^ "Screen Music Awards: Full List of Winners & Nominees". APRA AMCOS Australia. 2020. Archived from the original on 27 December 2020. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  12. ^ "2020 Screen Music Awards winners announced". APRA AMCOS Australia. 1 December 2020. Archived from the original on 27 December 2020. Retrieved 16 December 2020.