The creator of “The Babadook”, Jennifer Kent brings her second feature film, The Nightingale. The film will be premiered at the Venice International Film Festival where she is the only female filmmaker to have a film in the 75th edition of the competition.
Set in the 1820s, The Nightingale follows a 21-year-old Irish convict named Clare, who chases a British officer through the Tasmanian wilderness to avenge an act of violence he committed against her family. On the way, she meets and recruits the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.
Kent has directed the film from her own script. This film will be very much different from her first film which was a horror one. We are waiting for more details to understand the storyline of this film (edited: as per @TheBabadook twitter handle, there is nothing thrilling about this film, so it’s not a thriller).
The cast of The Nightingale is led by Irish actress Aisling Franciosi, who plays Lyanna Stark in Game of Thrones. She is supported by English actor Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games), Damon Herriman, Ewen Leslie, Harry Greenwood, Baykali Ganambarr and Magnolia Maymuru.
Interestingly, after the huge success of The Babadook, director Jennifer Kent never took any project in haste, rather she devoted time in scripting this film. Considering this one is a historical sort with reference to Australia’s colonial past, we might see some reference points even though the focus would be on the struggle of an individual and her mission to take revenge.
Genre: Drama, International
Cast: Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr, Damon Herriman, Harry Greenwood, Ewen Leslie, Michael Sheasby, Charlie Shotwell
Director & Writer: Jennifer Kent
Aisling Franciosi as Clare in The Nightingale. Picture: Kasia Ladczuk, Nightingale Pictures