Emerald Fennell, the next generation of British cinema


The Stakhanovist actress of “The Crown” goes on to direct with “Promising Young Woman”, and seduces with this “popcorn and poison” film.

At 35, Emerald Fennell is the gifted and Swiss army knife of the small and big screen across the Channel. The first English filmmaker to be nominated in the very masculine club for the Oscar for best director, the bubbly and laughing blonde finally left Los Angeles with the statuette for best screenplay for her first film, the cynical avenging thriller Promising Young Woman. The American trophy will be in good company alongside his two Bafta (equivalent to our César).

This precocity reflects the past busy decade of Emerald Fennell: four fantastic novels for children and adults, a season at the helm of the black spy comedy Killing Eve, key roles in successful soap operas, Call the Midwife as a midwife hiding her homosexuality in the 1950s and The Crown in future Camilla Parker-Bowles. “Playing a chain-smoking snob with the tongue of a viper is not really a composition role”, she said with that sense of deprecation if

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