Judy & Punch

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Judy & Punch revisits classic characters from a fresh perspective, marking debuting writer-director Mirrah Foulkes as a filmmaking talent to watch.

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Movie Info

In the anarchic town of Seaside, nowhere near the sea, puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show. The show is a hit due to Judy's superior puppeteering, but Punch's driving ambition and penchant for whisky lead to an inevitable tragedy that Judy must avenge. In a visceral and dynamic live-action reinterpretation of the famous 16th century puppet show, writer director MIRRAH FOULKES turns the traditional story of Punch and Judy on its head and brings to life a fierce, darkly comic and epic female-driven revenge story, starring MIA WASIKOWSKA and DAMON HERRIMAN.

Cast

Amy Christian
as Aileen the Heretic
Terry Norris
as Scaramouche
Eddie Baroo
as Nordic Man
Don Bridges
as The Preacher v
Gillian Jones
as Dr. Goodtime
Ben Knight
as Ruffian 3
Paul Ireland
as Ruffian
Daisy Axon
as Scotty
James Cerche
as Townsman
Zane Slater
as Town Urchin
Sue Hills
as Bald 16th century prostitute
Sue Hill
as Bald 16th century prostitute
Xavier Gouault
as About Townsman
Eleanor Howlett
as Seaside Prostitute
Felicity Steel
as Heretics Camp
Phillip McInnes
as Rodney Goodbuckle
Brenda Palmer
as Maid Maude
Joanna Millett
as Seaside Prostitute
Tom Milton
as Scottish Ruffian
Michael Pender
as Talent Scout
Sammy McCombe
as Heretics Camp
Beza Mickan
as White-Glenda Putts
Beza Mickan-White
as Glenda Putts
Hayden Spencer
as Heckling Man
Kerri Gannan
as Potato Seller/Townswoman
David Bowe
as Heretic
May Jasper
as Heretics Camp
Arna Rox
as Singing Heretic
Ben Conry
as Townsperson
Michael Papas
as Hobo Basher
Bailey Lackas
as Townsman
Gay Kearsley
as Gallows Crowd
Lucy Carpenter
as Heretics Camp
Makenzie Erikson
as Gallows Crowd 4
Matthew Greco
as Townsman
Jim Dunlop
as Drummer
Abs Abulfaraj
as Seaside Townsman
Lesley Wheeler
as Heretics Camp
Jed Sender
as Talent Scout
Cameron Ward
as Townsman
Prue Mazouris
as Harriet Slibber
Joshua Gerosa
as Hobo Basher
LeAnne Campbell
as Townswoman
Victoria Haslam
as Fire Dance Heretic
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Critic Reviews for Judy & Punch

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  • The movie would like to see itself as a feminist allegory of abuse and systemic oppression, but it comes off as something far more scattered and unfocused.

    June 6, 2020 | Full Review…
  • There's no puppet master here - just a pair of hands waving in the air, not quite sure what to do once we're paying attention.

    June 6, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • "Judy and Punch" feeds on the comic violence that has always informed this material, and finds any number of amusing ways to weaponize it against the irredeemable puppetmaster who's due to become the butt of his own joke.

    June 5, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • "Judy & Punch" is a promising debut for Foulkes, and it's always nice to see the tables turned on centuries of mistreatment.

    June 5, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • As the movie's tone teeters awkwardly between farce and tragedy, tenderness and bloody vengeance, it's the performances that root it...

    June 5, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • There's a lot going on here, and it all gets a bit heavy-handed at times. But [director Mirrah] Foulkes certainly knows how to create a mood, helped along by a doomy score from Francois Tetaz.

    June 5, 2020 | Full Review…

    Steve Pond

    TheWrap
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