From sleeper to creeper-outer – Australia’s The Babadook finds life abroad

It must be tough. You make a great film and no one in your own country wants to see it. You sit at home and have a good moan about it…and then find out you’re doing great everywhere else!

Such is the situation with ‘The Babadook’ for first time feature director¬†Jennifer Kent. The film, made for a nice $2.8m (USD or AUD I’m not sure), took home…$258,000 domestically. Ouch.

But, as this article from Business Week explains, The Babadook proved to be a hit overseas. A rare thing – a female-directed horror film – has captured the imagination (and fear) across the globe.

It’s an uplifting read. Nice, for a change!

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Phil Smy

I am currently a student in the Raindance Film Degree Masters program. This site comes from the research I am doing as I learn more about film production and distribution.

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