‘The Nightingale’ Trailer: ‘Babadook’ Director Looks to Australia’s Colonisation Period for Brutal Revenge Tale



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Take a look at the first trailer to arrive for The Nightingale, the buzzed-about next movie from Aussie filmmaker Jennifer Kent (The Babadook).

Set in 1825 Australia during the country’s colonisation by European settlers, the film follows a 21-year-old Irish convict (Aisling Franciosi – The Fall, Lyanna Stark in Game of Thrones) who has served a 7-year sentence under an abusive master (Sam Claflin). He refuses to release her, which leads to retaliation by her husband. Well… things spiral. The Lieutenant and his cronies commit a horrifying crime, leaving Clare broken, before he heads up north. She decides to purse him, enlisting the help of an Aboriginal tracker (Baykali Ganambarr) to track the man down in the wilderness.



The reviews have been very promising from the film’s festival circuit run so far. The critics describe a brutal, evocative film, one that further cements Kent as a director and writer to take note of. The tense trailer below looks great.

The Nightingale, also starring Baykali Ganambarr, Damon Herriman and Ewen Leslie, will be opening in the US on August 2 and arriving in Australia on August 29.

Official synopsis for The Nightingale:

THE NIGHTINGALE is a meditation on the consequences of violence and the price of seeking vengeance. Set during the colonization of Australia in 1825, the film follows Clare (AISLING FRANCIOSI), a 21-year-old Irish convict. Having served her 7-year sentence, she is desperate to be free of her abusive master, Lieutenant Hawkins (SAM CLAFLIN) who refuses to release her from his charge. Clare’s husband Aidan (MICHAEL SHEASBY) retaliates and she becomes the victim of a harrowing crime at the hands of the lieutenant and his cronies. When British authorities fail to deliver justice, Clare decides to pursue Hawkins, who leaves his post suddenly to secure a captaincy up north. Unable to find compatriots for her journey, she is forced to enlist the help of a young Aboriginal tracker Billy (BAYKALI GANAMBARR) who grudgingly takes her through the rugged wilderness to track down Hawkins. The terrain and the prevailing hostilities are frightening, as fighting between the original inhabitants of the land and its colonisers plays out in what is now known as ‘The Black War.’ Clare and Billy are hostile towards each other from the outset, both suffering their own traumas and mutual distrust, but as their journey leads them deeper into the wilderness, they must learn to find empathy for one another, while weighing the true cost of revenge.

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