The Babadook writer-director Jennifer Kent will see her latest effort The Nightingale hit UK cinemas on November 29. It will be simultaneously released on Digital.
Jennifer Kent, who turned heads with her terrific debut film The Babadook (one of our top 10 films of 2014), unveils her second film The Nightingale on November 29. It will be released digitally on the same day.
Described as “a meditation on the consequences of violence and the price of seeking vengeance”, The Nightingale boasts strong performances from Aisling Franciosi and new-comer Baykali Ganambarr.
Set in Australia during the colonisation period of 1825, Franciosi’s Clare is a 21-year-old Irish convict who, having served a 7-year sentence, seeks to free herself of her abusive master, Lieutenant Hawkins (played by Sam Claflin). Hawkins has other ideas and refuses to let her go.
Clare’s husband Aidan (Michael Sheasby) tries to intervene which begins a horrific chain of events setting Clare on a path towards revenge. When Hawkins suddenly leaves his post for a captaincy in the north, the woman follows him, utilising the skills of a young Aboriginal tracker named Billy (Baykali Ganambarr) who grudgingly leads her through the rugged wilderness in pursuit of the lieutenant.
The Black War rages around them making the journey far tougher. This is further hindered by Clare and Billy’s own hostilities towards each other at first. The Nightingale premiered at the 2018 Venice International Film Festival where it was awarded the Special Jury Prize.
Edward Caffrey, the Head of Acquisitions and Business Development at Vertigo Releasing said he felt The Nightingale “is one of the most powerful films of the last year.”
The Nightingale will be released in the UK and Ireland on November 29 2019, in cinemas and on digital.