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The Nightingale (2018)

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Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.

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Jennifer Kent

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Jennifer Kent
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aisling Franciosi ... Clare
Michael Sheasby ... Aidan
Maya Christie Maya Christie ... Baby Brigit
Addison Christie Addison Christie ... Baby Brigit
Claire Jones ... Harriet
Damon Herriman ... Ruse
Sam Claflin ... Hawkins
Harry Greenwood ... Jago
Eloise Winestock ... Luddy
Ewen Leslie ... Goodwin
Matthew Barker Matthew Barker ... Goodwin's Ensign
Charles McCarthy Charles McCarthy ... Convict Violinist
Ben Morton Ben Morton ... Wallace
Matthew Burton Matthew Burton ... Outpost Soldier
Terence Monro Terence Monro ... Ruse's Corporal
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THE NIGHTINGALE is a meditation on the horrors of Australian colonization, set at the turn of the 19th century. The film follows Clare, a 21-year-old native Irish wife and mother held captive beyond her 7-year sentence, desperate to be free of her obsessed master, British lieutenant Hawkins. Clare's husband Aidan intervenes with devastating consequences for all. When British authorities fail to deliver justice, Clare pursues Hawkins, who leaves his post suddenly to secure a captaincy up north. Unfamiliar with the Tasmanian wilderness she enlists the help of an orphaned Aboriginal tracker Billy. Marked by their traumas, the two fight to overcome their distrust and prejudices against the backdrop of Australia's infamous 'Black War'. Written by Mae Moreno

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Rated R for strong violent and disturbing content including rape, language throughout, and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Writer and director Jennifer Kent set out to ask two important questions in the film. They were: 'What are the alternatives to violence and revenge?' and 'How do we retain our humanity in dark times?'. See more »

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When Billy finds Uncle Charlie shot dead, he is clearly breathing. See more »

Quotes

Clare: Get me to the soldiers that came by this morning.
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Crazy Credits

" Tasmanian Aboriginal culture is a living culture. The Aboriginal language used in this film is called 'Palawa kani'. It was created by current day Tasmanian Aboriginal people using records of their original languages. Aboriginal actors cast in this film are from mainland Australia. They and we pay our respects to the aboriginal people of Lutruwita (Tasmania) past and present." See more »


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Aboriginal songs
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Created by Baykali Ganambarr
Performed by Baykali Ganambarr
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Beautiful darkness
24 April 2020 | by mosseliSee all my reviews

The Nightingale is not an easy watch, that's for sure, but definately is one worthy of your full attention. The movie is a disturbingly realistic depiction of 1825 Tasmania, Austrailia. The colonization and mass murders of the aboriginal people is not brought up nearly enough, especially not in film. This one, however, does not shy away from showing all the horrors people from that time went through. Even though on paper it's such a depressing film, the stunning cinematography shines through, bringing just enough light in the darkness to make this a near masterpiece.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Irish | Aboriginal

Release Date:

29 August 2019 (Australia) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$35,882, 4 August 2019

Gross USA:

$400,209

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$855,756
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1.37 : 1
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