Since the worldwide success of Aussie indie psychological horror hit, The Babadook things have been quiet for writer/director Jennifer Kent
After turning down multiple films by simply following one of David Lynch’s motto’s, ‘Just be very true to yourself and people will respond to that and give you money to do more‘. The Babadook writer and director now has two new films on the go.
The first film was confirmed back in 2015 and is an adaptation of Alexis Coe’s lesbian love story set in Memphis called Alice + Freda Forever.
The film is based on the real-life crime case of Alice Mitchell and Freda Ward – two lesbian lovers from the late 1800’s that made the headlines after Alice Mitchell killed Freda Ward because they could not get married. Alice Mitchell thought that if she can’t have her then no one will, and sliced her throat with a razor blade.
Freda Ward was with her older sister Jo Ward and her friend Christina Purnell in Memphis when Alice stabbed Freda with George Mitchell’s razor. Alice killed Freda because if they could not get married, she figured, then there was no reason for either of them to live and no one should get to marry Freda if she cannot. Freda, Jo, and Christina were heading to board the Ora Lee to head to Golddust. Freda saw Alice and walked over to her on thawing ice. Alice took her father’s razor from her pocket and stabbed Freda in the neck. Jo tried to protect Freda by attacking Alice with an umbrella, but the attack was not successful. Angered by the umbrella, Alice sliced Jo’s collarbone. Freda, bleeding and disoriented, was finally killed with a slice along her throat by Alice. After killing Freda, Alice told her best friend Lillie Johnson what she did
Her other movie which was recently announced is a revenge movie set in Tasmania – also set in the 1800’s, she says “its not a horror, but its set in a horrific world”.
Just like her other movies, Kent will have a strong female character as the lead, and I am loving the fact that she is writing great parts for strong female leads.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Kent explained in great detail just what we can be expect from her new movie, a female character driven story of love, loss and revenge.
From The Guardian
The Nightingale is about the “pointlessness of revenge”. A 21-year-old Irish convict called Claire chases a British soldier through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. She enlists the services of an Indigenous tracker called Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.
No word yet on any casting but as soon as we find out then you guys will be the first to know.