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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aisling Franciosi ... Clare
Sam Claflin ... Hawkins
Baykali Ganambarr ... Billy
Damon Herriman ... Ruse
Harry Greenwood ... Jago
Ewen Leslie ... Goodwin
Charlie Shotwell ... Eddie
Michael Sheasby ... Aidan
Matthew Sunderland ... Davey
Magnolia Maymuru ... Lowanna
Christopher Stollery ... Major Bexley
Nathaniel Dean ... Stoakes
Claire Jones Claire Jones ... Harriet
Luke Carroll ... Archie
Dallas Mugarra Dallas Mugarra ... Lowanna's Husband
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Storyline

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 »


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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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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Irish | Aboriginal

Release Date:

29 August 2019 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,882, 4 August 2019

Gross USA:

$400,209

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$837,023
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1.37 : 1
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Bruna Papandrea, one of the film's producers, said: "I had been a big fan of Jennifer Kent's, and like the rest of Hollywood, I had been following her career. Someone introduced us, and I'd had a couple of lunches with her, and when Kristina and Jennifer were in LA casting, they asked me to get involved. I read the script and was totally floored by it. As dark as some of the subject matter is, I was so deeply moved by it, and it felt very international in terms of the theme of where violence leads, and very relevant, more than ever, for contemporary audiences." See more »

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Clare: Welcome to the world - full of misery from top to bottom.
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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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