Damon Herriman will star opposite Mia Wasikowska in writer-director Mirrah Foulkes’ Judy and Punch, a “brutal, original and violent” re-interpretation of the puppet play ‘Punch and Judy’, which began shooting this week in Victoria.
Wasikowska and Herriman play the titular roles of puppeteers living in a peculiar, unforgiving town of Seaside, who attempt to use their show to escape to loftier means. While charismatic, Punch (Herriman) has a sinister side, and his actions see Judy (Wasikowska) team up with a band of outcast heretics to enact revenge on him and the entire town.
A VICE Studios and Seaside Productions film, Judy and Punch will shoot in and around Melbourne until late May. The film is produced by Michele Bennett and Nash Edgerton – who recently worked on Foxtel’s Mr InBetween together, which also stars Herriman – and VICE’s Danny Gabai. EPs are Vincent Landay (Her, Being John Malkovich) and VICE Media chief creative officer Eddy Moretti.
The film marks Foulkes’ feature directorial debut after a successful career as an actress and having written and directed several shorts including Dumpy Goes to the Big Smoke, Florence Has Left the Building (which won an AACTA Award for Best Short Fiction Film) and Trespass.
Judy and Punch has received major production investment from VICE Studios and Screen Australia, in association with Film Victoria and Create NSW.