Jennifer Kent grew up in Brisbane, Australia where she frequently wrote and performed plays during her childhood. She pursued acting in her late teens because she “wasn’t really aware at that stage that women could direct films.”
In her first feature film, the psychological thriller The Babadook, she told the story of facing the darkness in ourselves.
Although the film wasn’t well received in her native Australia, it was highly successful in North America and Europe and gained a cult following. The critic Glenn Kenny said in his review, “So impressed was I by “The Babadook” that upon seeing it I tweeted that I thought it might be the first capital-G “Great” horror movie of the 21st Century…”