Six years after her husband’s violent death, Amelia still is unable to overcome the trauma. Things are complicated by her difficult relationship with her son Samuel, an agitated child who is tormented by nightmares of monsters. Samuel becomes uncontrollable when a disturbing book entitled The Babadook appears in the house. To him, the monster chasing him in his dreams is the protagonist of the eponymous book. To Amelia, the only solution is to treat the boy with sedatives. But something is putting her to the test, something frightening and inexplicable.
Jennifer Kent graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art, where she studied acting, and then began working in film, onstage and in TV. In particular, she has appeared on TV series such as Police Rescue (1996), Murder Call (1997-2000) and All Saints (2001-2003) and in movies such as The Well by Samantha Lang (1997) and Babe: Pig in the City by George Miller (1998). She debuted as a director and screenwriter in 2005 with the horror short Monster, presented with success at festivals all over the world, and then followed the movie with a number of episodes of the Australian TV series Two Twisted (2005).
Monster (cm, 2005), Two Twisted (Two Twisted - Svolte improvvise, serie tv/tv series, 2005), The Babadook (2013).
“I’m very fascinated by what happens to people when they don’t face things and push down on difficulties in themselves. Where does that go? So if someone’s had a tragic experience and they don’t deal with it, how does it sit in their life? I guess The Babadook is an exploration of that idea, told in a very heightened way. In the case of The Babadook, Amelia presses down on these terrible feelings so much that they develop an energy that becomes something and splits off from her.”
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Essie Davis (Amelia), Noah Wiseman (Samuel), Daniel Henshall (Robbie), Hayley McElhinney (Claire), Barbara West (Mrs Roach), Ben Winspear (Oskar)
Kristina Ceyton, Kristian Moliere
Screen Australia, Causeway Films