Judy and Punch (World Cinema Dramatic Competition)
Who: Mirrah Foulkes, writer-director
Logline: Seaside (nowhere near the sea), puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show in an anarchic town on the brink of mob rule.
My favorite scene (or shot) in the film is: a shot of a rabbit in the forest miraculously doing exactly what I needed it to do.
An audience watching my film probably won’t know that: nine times out of 10, the animals didn’t do what I needed them to do.
The most expensive thing in our budget was: probably Valiant, our beautiful Friesian hero horse.
The biggest lesson I learned making this movie was: if something doesn’t feel good it’s probably not. Keep pushing until it does feel good, and fight if you have to. And don’t work with animals!
A darling I had to kill along the way was: a sequence in which kids charge through the forest on Shetland ponies. Every time the kids got even close to the ponies, they were surrounded by an army of safety officers.
When I heard we got into Sundance I: knew I could get through the last few weeks of post. I was so tired and had no idea if anyone was going to like the movie, but getting in to Sundance gave me the kick I needed to get to the finish line.
I’m most excited about seeing Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale this year.