Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale will open in Australian cinemas on January 24, the Australia Day weekend, as distributor Transmission Films aims to cash in on the film’s two prizes and glowing reviews at the Venice International Film Festival.
“Obviously screens are at a premium over summer but our plan is to emulate the Sweet Country release pattern,” Transmission joint MD Andrew Mackie tells If.
Produced by Kristina Ceyton of Causeway Films and Bruna Papandrea and Steve Hutensky of Made Up Stories, the revenge thriller won the special jury prize in Venice and Baykali Ganambarr received the Marcello Mastroianni award for best new young performer.
Critics lauded the film, which will premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival on October 13, as gripping and gut-wrenching yet also touching, leavened with laugh-out-loud moments.
In his screen debut Ganambarr plays an Aboriginal tracker named Billy who accompanies young Irish convict Clare (Aisling Franciosi