The Babadook director Jennifer Kent is back and is seemingly wowing critics with her next film The Nightingale, a revenge thriller set in the wilderness of Tasmania, Australia in 1825. The film won two awards at the Venice Film Festival with Jennifer Kent winning the Special Jury Prize and lead actor Baykali Ganambarr winning for Best Young Actor or Actress.
It also got a wave of praise from film critics during its screenings at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
Yesterday, IFC Films revealed a new trailer for The Nightingale which has a haunting song being sung by lead actress Aisling Franciosi (Game of Thrones) throughout the stunning imagery. I’m getting a lot of the same disturbing vibes that I got from Robert Eggers’ The Witch and I think Kent might have something extremely special on her hands here.
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 colonizers 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.
The Nightingale is set for release on August 2nd.