Jennifer Kent’s terrifying horror, The Babdook, has won the top prize in its homegrown Academy Awards. The film won joint best film with Russell Crowe’s The Water Divider, and this is truly a reason to celebrate!
THR revealed the details:
Jennifer Kent’s acclaimed horror film, The Babadook, has tied with Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner, for best film at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, Australia’s pre-eminent film and TV awards, announced in Sydney on Thursday local time.
Kent also took home the AACTA Awards for best direction and best original screenplay for The Babadook, one year after her low budget thriller film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Dual winners for best film is unusual but not unprecedented according to Damian Trewhella, CEO of the AACTA.
“Whilst we had the extraordinary advent of seeing two feature films honoured with the AACTA Award for Best Film, this is not unprecedented, with AFI voting resulting in ties in the past, and international awards also having seen this result, including just last year when the Producers Guild of America (PGA) saw a tie in voting for Gravity and 12 Years a Slave,” he said. “I take this result as a mark of considered voting by our Academy members, and I’m pleased that two outstanding films can share the honor of winning this award in a year of strong competition.”
Are you brave enough to let the breakout horror hit of 2014 through your door? Find out when The Babadook comes tap, tap, tapping onto UK Blu-ray, DVD, and digital platforms from February 16, 2015, courtesy of Icon Film Distribution.
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), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a sinister monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the creature in the book is the monster he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, and as he becomes more unpredictable and violent, Amelia is genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour.
But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about – The Babadook – may be real after all…
Directed by visionary first-time director Jennifer Kent, The Babadook looks set to be the most terrifying release of 2015, as well as one of the most critically acclaimed. Discover if you can take it from February 16.
Special Effects: The Stabbing Scene
There’s No Place Like Home: Creating The House
Illustrating Evil: Creating The Book