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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.


Jennifer Kent


Jennifer Kent
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aisling Franciosi ... Clare
Baykali Ganambarr ... Billy
Damon Herriman ... Ruse
Charlie Jampijinpa Brown ... Uncle Charlie
Harry Greenwood ... Jago
Claire Jones ... Harriet
Michael Sheasby ... Aidan
Addison Christie Addison Christie ... Baby Brigit
Maya Christie Maya Christie ... Baby Brigit
Sam Claflin ... Hawkins
Eloise Winestock ... Luddy
Ewen Leslie ... Goodwin
Matthew Barker Matthew Barker ... Goodwin's Ensign
Charles McCarthy Charles McCarthy ... Convict Violinist
Ben Morton Ben Morton ... Wallace


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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1820's Tasmania. A young Irish convict seeks revenge. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Young Irish actress Aisling Franciosi was on an initial list drawn up by director Jennifer Kent, producer Kristina Ceyton, and casting director Nikki Barrett. On paper, she had technical skills that would be beneficial: a trained opera singer, who speaks Irish Gaelic. Franciosi's agent was sent the script in February 2017. See more »


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


Hawkins: "It's the law" , cried the thief.
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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 »


I wish my love was a red red rose
Performed by Aisling Franciosi
Traditional, Public Domain
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The Dark Past of Australia
27 October 2019 | by pietclausenSee all my reviews

A very good movie of Australia's past history how the settlers treated the aboriginals and the convicts deported from England. Not too much is known of these happenings, but this film shows the stark realities of those days, almost two hundred years ago.

The story is fictional but fits perfectly in this era and could have been true. Beautifully told and acted by the main characters giving one food for thought to ponder over.

A top class dramatic movie worth seeing.

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Release Date:

29 August 2019 (Australia) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$35,882, 4 August 2019

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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