In the anarchic town of Seaside (nowhere near the sea), puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show in a town on the brink of mob rule.
The marionette show is a hit due to Judy's (Mia Wasikowska) superior puppeteering, but Punch's (Damon Herriman) 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 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. A complex comedy-drama about spousal abuse, infant mortality and misogyny told with magic tricks, puppets and slapstick. One thing that is for sure – it is not formulaic.