Director Jennifer Kent confronts a boogeyman in 'The Babadook'

November 26, 2014 5:12 PM

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Jennifer Kent was a successful actress in her native Australia when she wrote a letter to art house provocateur Lars von Trier, whom she had long admired but never met. She was seeking career advice - Kent hoped to transition behind the camera - so she reached out to one of the world's most singular directors.

Not long after, she found herself shoveling snow and handling other odd jobs on the set of Von Trier's divisive 2003 drama "Dogville." But she also had the rare opportunity to shadow the Danish filmmaker and study his take-no-prisoners approach.

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