The Nightingale


Writer/director Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale premiered in the 2018 Venice International Film Festival’s Venezia 75 competition. Kent launched her debut feature, The Babadook, in the Midnight section at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

One night in 1820s Tasmania, Clare, a young Irish convict, loses everything she holds dear after her family is horrifically attacked. She’s immediately driven to track down and seek revenge against the British officer who oversaw the horror, so she enlists the service of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy. Marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past, Billy reluctantly agrees to take her through the interior of Tasmania. On this brutal quest for blood, Clare gets much more than she bargained for.

A snarling Aisling Franciosi drives this merciless revenge thriller through the unforgiving land of 19th-century Tasmania, a time when British colonists nearly decimated Aboriginal Tasmanians. With horrors around every corner, Jennifer Kent’s new nightmare will traumatize the weak of heart, but those willing will discover a majestic achievement most striking in its haunting moments of grace.

YEAR 2018

CATEGORY Spotlight

COUNTRY Australia

RUN TIME 136 min

LANGUAGE English and Gaelic/Palawa kani

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Causeway Films



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Director Of Photography
Production Designer
Visual Effects Supervisor
Executive Producers
Associate Producer/Aboriginal Consultant
Casting Director
Sound Designer

Artist Bio

Jennifer Kent

Jennifer Kent graduated from Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1991 and worked as an actress for many years before focusing on writing and directing. Her short film Monster screened at several major film festivals. The Babadook, her first feature, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and won numerous awards, including a New York Film Critics Circle Award for best first film. The Nightingale is Kent’s second feature.