Above illustration by Alexander Juhasz for BABADOOK, IFC Entertainment.
The other night we splashed out and watched a $7 rental - BABADOOK. Creepy children's book illustrations AND the amazing Miss Fisher? "This is my jam," I thought. But I wasn't expecting it to be such a powerful and accurate metaphor for struggling against depression and exhaustion, and eventually learning how to live with it/yourself. I really appreciated this one on more levels than I expected... and I'm not even a single mum.
Alexander Juhasz was the artist responsible for illustrating the scary pop-up book, so, arguably the star of the film. Dude has a difficult name to spell, but he totally owns it. After I make some award-winning stuff, I'll expect people to remember my weird last name, too. <--CAREER GOAL.
Next week will be the first meeting of my brain-trust. I have invited six folks from across a spectrum of disciplines to discuss my first publication project, in the hope of generating ideas and enthusiasm. I'm off to the Book Thing today in search of more inspiring (free) work to bring to the table. It's dreary cold, and rainy-- a seasonally-affective all-you-can-eat buffet for my own BABADOOK-- but with a deadline approaching, I won't let this stop me.
Love the hand-painted lettering.
BABADOOK's a fantastic movie, but seriously, Thee Best Thing I watched in 2014 was THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR. I am ready to sell my house and move to a dry, turtle-y desolate island. But I wanted to do that before watching the movie, too, so...