‘The Babadook’ Director Jennifer Kent Says Her Film’s Gay Icon Status Is ‘Charming’

IndieWire | 6/25/2019 | Staff
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Earlier this month, distributor IFC Films announced it was partnering with Shout Factory for a gay pride limited edition Blu-ray release of “The Babadook,” considered one of the best horror films of the decade since its debut at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The special release is debuting this June in celebration of gay pride month and a portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center. While Australian director Jennifer Kent may have moved on, (she’s currently promoting her new movie, “The Nightingale”), LGBT fans of “The Babadook” are keeping his memory alive.

“I’m still trying to work that one out… It’s quite perplexing,” Kent recently told EW about the status of her creation as a queer icon. “I feel it’s really quite beautiful, but I still have no idea why. … I mean, I kind of do.”

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