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thumbnail Babadook – Australia (2014)

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This first feature film written and directed by the Australian actress Jennifer Kent, is a monster movie in which the monster is both internally and externally real at every moment. Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman). The Babadook first makes his appearance in a children’s pop-up book, Mister Babadook, that Amelia comes across on Samuel’s shelf one night. But when Amelia and Sam snuggle in bed to read the book together, the rhymed text they find, is macabre and taunting, ending on a promise that if and when the reader ever happens upon the titular bogeyman “You’ll wish you were dead”.

It shared top honours at this year’s Australia Academy Cinema Television Arts (AACTA) awards.

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