The Nightingale (CTC)
Australia's dark colonial past is examined in the story of Clare (Aisling Fanciosi, magnificent), an Irish-born convict who's served her sentence. But nothing can stop Clare's abuse at the hands of Hawkins (Sam Claflin), an ambitious and amoral British lieutenant. So begins an unforgettable tale of violence and retribution in which Clare forms an uneasy alliance with a young Indigenous guide named Billy (Baykali Ganambarr, Best Young Actor award, Venice). The Nightingale is frequently brutal and shocking – and necessarily so. Transcending traditional boundaries of the revenge thriller, Kent's savagely beautiful film confronts us with uncomfortable truths about the formation of the Commonwealth we call home.
'While The Nightingale contains historically accurate depictions of colonial violence and racism towards our indigenous people, the film is not 'about violence', Says Director Jennifer Kent.
'It's about the need for love, compassion and kindness in dark times'.
Run Time: 146
Director: Jennifer Kent
Cast: Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Damon Herriman