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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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Her song will not be silenced. 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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A crucial production team member, brought on early in the process, was Aboriginal Consultant Jim Everett, a Plangermairreenner man whose Aboriginal name is "pur-lia meenamatta". "Our people lived through two Ice Ages," said Everett. "We were here when the ice melted and the land bridge that connected to the mainland became submerged. Evidence uncovered in one of the latest Tasmanian archaeological digs dates back 42,000 years." See more »


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


Hawkins: That's just the way, isn't it? You don't want trouble but sometimes trouble wants you.
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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 »


Performed by Aisling Franciosi
Traditional, Public Domain
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Not for everyone
30 July 2019 | by KensaoLightbringerSee all my reviews

This revenge film is not for everyone, to say the least. The story is great, but the movie is extremely violent. The first 30 minutes of the film are hard to see, and for a lot of people, even hard to tolerate. One could argue that the director needed all this violence to properly portray the abuse against women that occurred at that time. A powerful experience, from which we do not emerge unscathed

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English | Irish | Aboriginal

Release Date:

29 August 2019 (Australia) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,882, 4 August 2019

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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