The stunning new film from Jennifer Kent (The Babadook), Venice Film Festival award-winner The Nightingale is a powerful meditation on the horrors of Australian colonialism and the consequences of violence. Set in 1825, against the backdrop of Australia’s infamous ‘Black War,’ the film follows Clare, a 21-year-old Irish convict. Having served her 7-year sentence, she is desperate to be free of her abusive master, Lieutenant Hawkins, who refuses to release her from his charge. Clare’s husband retaliates and she becomes the victim of a harrowing crime at the hands of the lieutenant and his men. Cruelly dismissed by British authorities, Clare enlists the help of a young Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who agrees to help her pursue Hawkins to his new northern post. 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 forbidding Tasmanian wilderness, they learn to find empathy for one another, while weighing the true cost of revenge.
Director Jennifer Kent | 2019 | In English, Scottish Gaelic and Aboriginal with English subtitles | 136 minutes | R (for strong violent and disturbing content including rape, language throughout, and brief sexuality) | DCP