Barossa Film Club presents Award-winning Australian thriller “The Babadook”, starring Essie Davis, in a very different role to her incarnation as Phryne Fisher. This was the directorial debut of Jenifer Kent, who also wrote the script. Widely acclaimed at overseas film festivals, such as Sundance, this is not a conventional horror movie. It does not rely on special effects and the gore of many current movies of this type, but more a creeping dread and a study of a mother and son facing the inexplicable.
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 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 Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour, is forced to medicate him. 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 may be real.
“The Babadook” will screen on Friday 16th September at the Faith College Wine Centre. The evening starts at 7.30 pm with a short film, then the main feature after a break for refreshments. Members and guests are welcome, with membership obtainable at the door. Further details and enquiries to President Imelda Carson on telephone 8564 8225.