The Nightingale (2018 film)

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The Nightingale
Directed byJennifer Kent
Produced by
Screenplay byJennifer Kent
Music byJed Kurzel
CinematographyRadek Ladczuk
Edited bySimon Njoo
Distributed by
Release date
  • 6 September 2018 (2018-09-06) (Venice)
  • 2 August 2019 (2019-08-02) (United States)
Running time
136 minutes[3]

The Nightingale is a 2018 Australian period thriller film written, co-produced, and directed by Jennifer Kent. Set in 1825 in the British penal colony of Van Diemen's Land (now the Australian state of Tasmania), the film follows a young convict woman seeking revenge for a terrible act of violence committed against her family.

The film will be released on August 2, 2019 by IFC Films.

Plot synopsis[edit]

Set in Tasmania in 1825, Clare, a beautiful 21-year-old Irish female convict (Aisling Franciosi), witnesses the brutal murder of her husband and baby by Hawkins, a British officer (Sam Claflin), and his cronies. Unable to find justice, she takes Billy, an Aboriginal male tracker (Baykali Ganambarr), with her through the hellish wilderness to seek revenge on the men, and gets much more than she bargained for.[4]



According to The Sydney Morning Herald, director Jennifer Kent was "deluged" with film scripts from the United States after the success of her debut film, The Babadook (2014), but decided to focus on writing and directing The Nightingale.[5] IndieWire reported that shooting for The Nightingale began on location in Tasmania in March 2017.[4]


The Nightingale will be released on August 2, 2019 by IFC Films.[6]

The film was selected to be screened in the main competition section of the 75th Venice International Film Festival,[7][8][9] and had its Australian premiere at the 2018 Adelaide Film Festival.[10] IFC Films announced on Twitter they bought the rights to distribute in the US and have set release for summer 2019.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McNary, Dave (14 March 2017). ""Sam Claflin Thriller 'The Nightingale' Backed by Bron Creative"". Variety. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b Collis, Clark (9 January 2019). "Babadook director Jennifer Kent's new film The Nightingale to be released this summer". Entertainment Weekly.
  3. ^ "The Nightingale". Venice International Film Festival. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b Nordine, Michael (14 March 2017). "'The Nightingale': Jennifer Kent Begins Production on Her Follow-up to 'The Babadook'", IndieWire. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  5. ^ Maddox, Garry (22 March 2017). "Game of Thrones' Aisling Franciosi to star in Jennifer Kent's The Nightingale ", The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  6. ^ Sprague, Mike (27 March 2019). "The Babadook Director Gets a Release Date for New Movie The Nightingale". MovieWeb. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Venice to Kick Off Awards Season With New Films From Coen Brothers, Luca Guadagnino and Alfonso Cuaron". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Venice Film Festival Lineup: Heavy on Award Hopefuls, Netflix and Star Power". Variety. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  9. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (4 September 2018). "'The Nightingale' Director Jennifer Kent On The Feminine Force & Retaining Humanity In Very Dark Times – Venice Q&A". Deadline Hollywood.
  10. ^ "The Nightingale - Adelaide Film Festival".

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