|Judy and Punch|
|Directed by||Mirrah Foulkes|
|Screenplay by||Mirrah Foulkes|
|Edited by||Dany Cooper|
|Music by||François Tétaz|
|Distributed by||Madman Entertainment|
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.
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.
In October 2017, it was announced Mia Wasikowska had joined the cast of the film, with Mirrah Foulkes directing from a screenplay she wrote. In April 2018, Damon Herriman joined the cast of the film.
The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on 27 January 2019. Shortly after, Samuel Goldwyn Films acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film. It was released in Australia on 21 November 2019, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on 5 June 2020.
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." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average rating of 59 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
|Best Film||Michele Bennett||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|||