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Kent paints a bracing portrait of Australian Aboriginal culture in “The Nightingale,” a pulverizing gut-punch of a movie that follows an anguished young woman’s quest for vengeance following a hideous act of violence brought upon her family in 1820s Tasmania. Underpinning this brutal revenge story is the backdrop of colonial war between British imperialists and the black indigenous Tasmanians whose land is being ravaged by their occupiers.
Kent was clear about why Aboriginal stories have been so under-explored in film history. “Aboriginal people haven’t the means. They’ve had the talent and the wisdom and the wherewithal to make things but they haven’t been supported,” Kent said. “They’re five percent of the population, but people have this impression of them being drunk or whatever, and it’s just not true.”
As with her sophomore feature “The Nightingale,” Kent said she envisioned working with an actual Aboriginal population to realize the story of Manifold. “You just can’t go in anymore and not collaborate. I would never even dream of telling an Aboriginal story without guidance from an elder from that particular region,” she said. “You’ve got to go to the source and follow the right protocols and show respect and be educated.”
Kent — whose “The Babadook” became a cult hit in 2014, grossing more than $7 million and even spawning a now-iconic LGBT meme — has been courted by major studios to direct. “I did entertain one blockbuster seriously and I thought, yeah, I could give this something really special. But then ultimately I heard about the way the films are made, and I thought it would kill me,” she said. “As it stands now, I’ve just wanted to make films like ‘The Nightingale’ or ‘Alice + Freda Forever,” referring to her upcoming 19th-century lesbian thriller.