The Nightingale

  • 2018
  • Australia / Canada / USA
  • 2h 16min
  • Directed by: Jennifer Kent
  • Cast: Sam Claflin, Aisling Franciosi, Damon Herriman
  • Language: English, Scottish Gaelic, Aboriginal

Clare (Franciosi) is a singer and convicted thief in 1825 Van Diemens’ Land who, after enduring terrible loss at the hands of some English soldiers, sets out with reluctant tracker Billy (Ganambarr) and murder in her mind. Franciosi is an astonishingly resilient and determined heroine and it’s a grim reminder of the brutality of empire-building.

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The Nightingale (2018) Dir. Jennifer Kent | 136 mins | Colour | English/Irish Gaelic/Aboriginal | Cert TBC | Triple F-Rated

In 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.

This powerful, affecting drama is director Jennifer Kents follow up to her incredible debut, The Babadook (2014).

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