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THE MOOGAI is headed to Sundance!

07 December 2023

Umbrella Entertainment is thrilled to announce Writer and director Jon Bell’s debut feature The Moogai will have its world premiere at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival.

Bell’s The Moogai will make its world premiere as one of eight films selected for the genre-focused Midnight section.

Led by Shari Sebbens and Meyne Wyatt, who also starred in the original short on which the film is based, The Moogai follows a young Aboriginal couple who bring home their second baby.

What should be a joyous time takes a sinister turn as the mother starts seeing a malevolent spirit she is convinced is trying to take her baby. The film also stars Tessa Rose, Jahdeana Mary, Clarence Ryan and Bella Heathcote.

The Moogai is produced by Causeway Films’ (Talk to Me, The Babadook) Kristina Ceyton and Samantha Jennings, alongside No Coincidence Media’s Mitchell Stanley, who also produced the original short, which won the jury prize in the Midnight Shorts section at SXSW in 2021. Alex White is a co-producer.

The film’s cinematographer is Sean Ryan, production designer Bethany Ryan, sound designer Emma Bortignon, composer Steve Francis, editor Simon Njoo, VFX supervisor Marty Pepper and casting directors Nikki Barrett and Natalie Wall.