The Nightingale

Two people united in their unfathomable losses in the fight against a world in which unless you are a white man, you are powerless. 

Clare, a young convict from Ireland, is living in custody on Tasmania with her husband and their young daughter. Her already miserable existence turns into a genuine nightmare when a British lieutenant takes it upon himself to discipline the little family – in the worst way imaginable.

Having made a frail alliance with a young Aboriginal man named Billy, Clare embarks on a quest through the Tasmanian wilderness, to exert her gruesome revenge on the lieutenant. This is a tale about an unspeakable tragedy and the following revenge against a man who is entirely convinced of his own superiority in society.

To director Jennifer Kent, the film is just as much about the present day as it is about 1820s Tasmania. Clare and Billy are united in their unfathomable losses and endless hatred, in the fight against a world in which unless you are a white man, you are powerless. The Nightingale is a dark and ambitious take on the Western genre, which perhaps needs to be seen as an allegory rather than a straightforward revenge fantasy: Is violence the only means of communication between and oppressor and the oppressed?

The Nightingale debuted as part of the main competition at the film festival in Venice, where it won two prestigious awards, and it’s US premiere was at Sundance. At both festivals, the film quickly became infamous for its graphic depictions of violence, with members of the audience storming out from the cinema. Consider yourself warned!

  • Program
  • Director
    Jennifer Kent
  • Producer
    Jennifer Kent, Bruna Papandrea, Steve Hutensky, Kristina Ceyton
  • Writers
    Jennifer Kent
  • Photo
    Radek Ladczuk
  • Actors
    Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Damon Herriman, Baykali Ganambarr
  • Playtime
    2 h 16 min
  • Year
  • Country
    Australia, USA, Canada
  • Age limit
    18 years
  • Production
    BRON Studios, Causeway Films, m.fl.
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment