Mia Wasikowska will star in “Judy and Punch,” a reimagining of the classic puppet show, that marks the directorial debut of Australian actress and writer Mirrah Foulkes (“Animal House”). The picture is produced by Vice Media Australia and Nash Edgerton’s Blue Tongue Films.
Principal finance is from Vice Media (USA), and Screen Australia, in association with Film Victoria. Cornerstone Films is attached for international sales.
Set in the fictional town of Seaside, the film follows two puppeteers – the vain but charismatic Punch and his resilient and talented wife Judy (Wasikowska). They attempt to resurrect their show as a means of escaping their decrepit town. Punch and Judy is a puppet play traditionally told with marionettes. The feature project originated with VICE Media’s chief commercial & creative officer Tom Punch and his sister Lucy Punch. It will begin filming in the Australian state of Victoria in April 2018.
Australian-born Wasikowska has credits including “Stoker,” “Tracks,” “Crimson Peak.” Her breakout role was in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.”
Producer credits go to Michele Bennett, Edgerton and Vice Media’s Danny Gabai. It will be executive produced by Vincent Landay (“Her,” “Being John Malkovich”) and Vice Media’s Eddy Moretti.
“We have been tracking Mirrah Foulkes for a number of years and are impressed that for her first feature she has managed to blend dark and dirty deeds with great wit and humour, creating an atmospheric fantasy world brimming with intrigue,” said Screen Australia’s head of production Sally Caplan.
In addition to her acting career, Foulkes has previously made a string of short films – Dumpy Goes to the Big Smoke (2012), Florence Has Left the Building (2014) and Trespass (2016) – which have screened at Toronto London, Sydney and Melbourne festivals and won several awards best short fiction film at the 2015 AACTA Awards.