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Promising Young Woman director Emerald Fennell wanted to write about murder at age of 7

When she was seven years old and her mother asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, quick as a shot Emerald Fennell fired back: “Actress.” But after giving it a few moments’ thought, the young Emerald said: “I want to write stories about murder.” And it’s that dark ambition which has landed Emerald a place in movie history as the first British woman ever to be nominated for a Best Director Oscar.

Her film Promising Young Woman, an uncomfortable “comic horror thriller” about rape, has five Oscar nominations, with Carey Mulligan up for Best Actress and Emerald, Best Original Screenplay.

Following on from Emerald’s Emmy-nominated work on the second series of Killing Eve, it seems the dark thoughts which once kept her awake at

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