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Jennifer Kent Jennifer Kent i(A145710 works by)
Born: Established: 1969 Brisbane, Queensland, ;
Gender: Female
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Australian actress and director, and descendant of pioneering Australian film producers E.J. and Dan Carroll.

Jennifer Kent worked as an actor in Australian television, after graduating from NIDA in 1991. She worked primarily in television, and is perhaps best remembered for her main cast role in Murder Call, as Constable Dee Suzeraine.

She first pursued her interest in directing with Lars von Trier, working as part of the directing attachment on Dogville (starring Nicole Kidman). After directing short films and television, she made her feature debut with The Babadook, a psychological horror film starring Essie Davis. The Babadook was an international success, debuting at the Sundance Festival and resulting in a wave of positive reviews.

Her follow-up film, The Nightingale, was an historical revenge film, set in Van Diemen's Land in 1825. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it triggered divisive responses: praise for the film-making and distress at the visceral brutality towards women and Indigenous Tasmanians.

In September 2019, it was announced that Kent would direct an adaptation of Alice + Freda Forever, a non-fiction account of a nineteenth-century American cause celebré, in which Alice Mitchell murdered her young lover Fred Ward, after Freda's mother broke off their relationship.

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Awards for Works

form y separately published work icon The Nightingale ( dir. Jennifer Kent ) Australia : Causeway Films , 2018 9595628 2018 single work film/TV historical fiction

'Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman (Aisling Franciosi), chases a British officer (Sam Claflin) through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy (Baykali Ganambarr), who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.'

Source: Screen Australia.

2019 nominated Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Screenplay - Original or Adapted
2019 nominated Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Director
2019 winner Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Film
2019 winner Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Original Screenplay
2019 winner Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Film
2018 winner International Awards Venice Film Festival Special Jury Prize
form y separately published work icon The Babadook ( dir. Jennifer Kent ) Australia : Causeway Films , 2013 Z1912336 2013 single work film/TV horror (taught in 2 units) A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.
2015 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting
2014 winner Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Original Screenplay
2014 nominated Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Film
2014 winner Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Original Screenplay
2014 joint winner Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Film
2014 shortlisted International Awards British Independent Film Awards Best International Independent Film
2014 selected International Awards Sundance Film Festival (USA) World Dramatic Competition
2014 nominated Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Director
2014 winner Bram Stoker Awards Superior Achievement in a Screenplay
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