Mirrah Foulkes’ prospects of cracking the US market as an actor and director after the world premiere of Judy & Punch at Sundance just got better after she signed with UTA.
Home to a vast roster of talent including ROMA director Alfonso Cuarón, Joel and Ethan Coen, Wes Anderson, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Angelina Jolie and Daniel Radcliffe, the agency will represent Mirrah in all areas.
Deadline.com broke the story, noting she is the only female member of the filmmaking collective Blue-Tongue Films, which includes her husband David Michôd, Nash Edgerton, Joel Edgerton and Kieran Darcy-Smith.
Nash Edgerton, Michele Bennett and VICE Media’s Danny Gabai produced Judy & Punch, Foulkes’ feature directorial debut which got glowing reviews in Sundance after its premiere in the World Dramatic Competition.
The darkly comic revenge story follows Mia Wasikowska’s Judy as she joins forces with a band of outcast heretics to extract revenge on Damon Herriman’s Punch, a narcissistic, violent puppet master.
Variety’s Dennis Harvey lauded the film as a determinedly offbeat, often delightful mix of satire, whimsy and social critique, predicting: “It’s a sure bet for lively distribution bidding.”
The Hollywood Reporter’s Leslie Felperin described the reworking of the classic British puppet show as “utterly bonkers but also sort of brilliant.”
Cornerstone Films is handling international sales to the film funded by Screen Australia, VICE Studios and Film Victoria. Madman Entertainment is the Oz distributor.
Mirrah, who is repped in Australia by United Management, last appeared on screen in Hoodlum Entertainment/ABC’s Harrow.
Her screen credits include The Crown, The Turning, Top of the Lake, CBS’s Hawaii Five-0, The Principal and The Gift.