Essie Davis has been cast in the titular role in New Zealand film The Justice of Bunny King, director Gaysorn Thavat’s debut feature currently shooting in Auckland.
Starring opposite Davis is her True History of the Kelly Gang co-star and Kiwi talent Thomasin McKenzie.
Davis plays Bunny King, mother of two with a sketchy past and a sharp tongue. Bunny works traffic intersections as a squeegee bandit, using her quick wit to charm money from motorists after offering to wash their windows.
However, Bunny finds her frustrations difficult to contain, leading her to clash frequently with the public and police. Finding herself without her children or a home, Bunny crashes at her sister’s. Her stay is interrupted by a confrontation with her sister’s partner, which leads Bunny to try and take her niece Tonyah (McKenzie) under her wing.