5 December 2013 6:35 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Writer-director Jennifer Kent.s The Babadook will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next month.

The psychological thriller starring Essie Davis will screen in the Park City at Midnight section of the festival. That.s the second South Australian-shot feature to be showcased at Sundance, joining Sophie Hyde.s 52 Tuesdays.

Davis plays a single mother plagued by memories of the violent death of her husband. When a disturbing storybook called The Babadook turns up at her house she is forced to battle with her son.s deep seated fear of a monster. Soon she discovers a sinister presence.

The Babadook was produced by South Australian Kristian Moliere of Smoking Gun Productions and Kristina Ceyton, supported by the Safc and Screen Australia, filmed at Adelaide Studios.

.It is a tremendous honour to be selected for Sundance and to have our world premiere in the Park City at Midnight section, »

- Don Groves

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