Patty Jenkins is a writer/director best known for directing WONDER WOMAN, the Warner Bros./DC Comics blockbuster of 2017, and her debut feature MONSTER, the Charlize Theron starrer that went on to sweep the awards and earn Charlize the Oscar amongst every acting award of the year. Patty also made her stamp in television by casting, building and helming the pilot and finale episode of AMC’s hit show THE KILLING, for which she won the DGA award for best directing of year along with being nominated for an Emmy.
Patty began her career as a painter at The Cooper Union in New York City. Upon transitioning to filmmaking, she spent eight years as an Assistant Camera Person/Focus Puller on commercials. After attending the AFI in Los Angeles, she wrote and directed Monster.
Roger Ebert named Monster as The Best Film of 2004 and Third Best Film of the millennial decade. AFI named it on the Ten Best Films of the Year. Patty also garnered a number of awards and nominations, including winning Best First Feature at the 2004 Independent Spirit Awards. Charlize Theron went on to sweep the awards circuit winning the Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG Award, and numerous critics’ awards in the Best Actress category.
Jenkins went on to direct many commercials and TV programs including Fox’s Arrested Development and HBO’s Entourage and the pilot episodes for ABC’s Betrayal and Exposed. She was nominated for another Emmy for the final segment of FIVE – a series of short films about breast cancer for Lifetime she shared with fellow directors Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore and Penelope Spheeris.
In 2017, Jenkins broke the record for Biggest Grossing Live-Action Film Directed by a Woman, Domestic and Worldwide, with Wonder Woman. The film simultaneously smashed box office records and received critical acclaim, it has grossed a worldwide total of more than $814.4 million to date.