SYDNEY – Nicole Kidman’s fingers are to star in The Babadook 2: One Hand Clapping.

Nicole Kidman has a part in the new film by Australian director Jennifer Kent. A spokesperson announced the cast today to the follow up to Jennifer Kent’s 2014 success The Babadook.

It’s with great delight that I can confirm that Nicole Kidman’s fingers are going to play a prominent role in the upcoming film The Babadook 2. The film will revisit the story of the malignant children’s book that comes alive. The script is already in place and Jennifer Kent will be directing once more.

The original horror film won cult success on its release and the main character has since become something of an icon. We asked would Nicole be playing a relative, perhaps the mother or wife of the Babadook?

No, I’m afraid that we couldn’t afford that. She does have a prominent role as I said. But we could only afford her hands. It doesn’t matter though. That is after all where the fear lies.

The official synopsis reads:

Following a family tragedy little Jane moves to California with her grieving mother. But when Jane starts reading a book about Nicole Kidman’s fingers, everything starts to go terribly wrong.

The Babadook 2: One Hand Clapping will be released in 2018.


HOLLYWOOD – Everyone is doing a top ten, so I’m doing a top ten, but I don’t know if it’s a top ten of the best films, the worst films, the most middling films: it’s a top ten of something. That’s all.

1. A Most Wanted Man. This is the top of the ten films that came out this year featuring a final performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman. If you weren’t pissed about PSH dying watch this and you’ll be pissed once more and depressed. A fantastic John Le Carré adaptation. Perhaps even better than the sprawling and unfocussed Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Read the review here.

2. Boyhood. Richard Linklater’s weird sociological/anthropological experiment is a kind of epic Seinfeld episode, essentially a film about life itself and nothing at all. The bildungsroman is epic, rich and beautiful, and this from the man who brought us the wonders of the Sunset/Sunrise trilogy. And School of Rock. Read about Ethan Hawke’s new project here. 

3. Whiplash. Crash! Bang! Wallop! What a Picture! Miles Teller is brilliant as the young drumming student and so is J.K. Simmons as the sadistic teacher. For the review, Click Here.

4. Birdman. Michael Keaton is back and he is kicking ass in this superlative satire on the film industry, acting, theatre, journalism, YouTube, oh Jesus, everything. Read the review here. 

5. Pompeii. I didn’t see it but it’s supposed to be brilliant and there’s a chance it will win all the Oscars. Read about that here.

6. Interstellar. Christopher Nolan not only makes a film complete with worm holes, black holes and plot holes, he also spectacularly illustrates the uncertainty principle, how can someone so clever, in such a clever film, occasionally do things which seem so stupid. I went with it. Read about that here.

7. The Interview. I haven’t seen the film, but I’m going to have to. So thanks for that Kim Jong-un. I think you won round one. Read some of the stuff we wrote about it here.

8. The Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel are now following the Pixar model of basically making old fashioned Studio era comedies dressed up as films for kids. Funny and clever and a bench mark for the Marvel house style. Click here to read about Chris Pratt’s celebrations.

9. The Nightcrawler and The Babadook and ’71: three cracking movies, all feature débuts, all fantastic with the promise of great things to come. Also all genre films. Here are the reviews of Babadook and Nightcrawler.  

10. Leviathan, The Look of Silence and Mommy: Just to prove I can read, these are the films that are in foreign which you might want to have a look at.  I saw them at the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals. Here are some reports from them.  

Happy Xmas, Happy Hanukka, Happy mid-winter atheism for those who still enjoy food and giving. 


The Babadook: Jennifer Kent’s Australian horror film is an original take on parental unease.

Having children is frightening. Absolutely. They’re usually little monsters, who even without demonic possession manage to ruin your life, spew vomit everywhere and fill your nights with screams and sleeplessness. Watching The Shining, Danny scares me much more than Jack, who I have a grudging sympathy for. Here single mum and nurse Amelia (Essie Davis) must deal with her little Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a child who believes in monsters and has a knack for getting into trouble and throwing screaming fits. Amelia loves him, but inside that love there’s also a kernel of hatred and blame as her husband was killed as he drove her to the hospital as she gave birth to Samuel. They’re about getting by, helped by a frail elderly neighbor, but one day a weird pop up book appears, which seems to key into Samuel’s fear of monsters. The Babadook-dook-dook is going to come knocking and things are going to get creepy!

Jennifer Kent has written and directed an original horror film that turns and twists in a number of surprising ways, but always keeps its focus on the relationship between the mother and son and the weirdness of that dynamic. The film looks fantastic and Kent keeps a tight control on the claustrophobic atmosphere. The world surrounding Amelia at first seems hostile – with unsympathetic authority figures and a bitchy sister – but this is leavened by the friendly work mate and neighbor, but ultimately the horror and strangeness is going to have to be sorted out between mother and son.

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