WEEK IN WOMEN: Jennifer Kent’s New Projects

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Australian director Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale caged two awards at the Venice Film Festival, where the revenge thriller made its world premiere and was the sole female-directed film to screen in competition at the prestigious festival. The film was awarded the Special Jury Prize, and Baykali Ganambarr received the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor. The Nightingale is Kent’s sophomore feature, following the success of her debut Babadook. What’s next for Kent? The filmmaker is close to completing a new draft of the screenplay for her third feature, Alice + Freda Forever, based on the true story of two young women who fall in love in Memphis, Tennessee, in the 1890s.Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.