Judy & Punch
Director: Mirrah Foulkes
Section: International Competition
Country: Australia, USA | Year: 2019
Language(s): English | Time: 105 mins
A mid-17th century town called Seaside (incidentally, nowhere near the sea) is ruined by poverty, neglect, violence and mob rule. Only one glimmer of artistry remains: Punch and Judy’s marionette puppet theatre. Judy is the superior puppeteer, but Punch owns the limelight. When Punch succumbs to Seaside’s temptations and the local tavern, Judy catches him drinking in the company of an apparent mistress. A slapstick chain of events sets off some tragic acts of vengeance.
Mirrah Foulkes is an Australian actor, writer and director. Her first short film, Dumpy Goes to the Big Smoke (2012), earned her many awards, including the Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director and the Ellen - Filmmaker to Watch Award at Aspen Shortsfest 2013. Florence Has Left the Building (2015) won the AACTA Award for Best Short Fiction Film. Foulkes’ latest short film Trespass (2016) had its international premiere at Toronto International Film Festival.