The Nightingale: First Trailer For Babadook Director Jennifer Kent’s Latest

The Nightingale

by James White |
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Jennifer Kent made a storming film directorial debut with The Babadook in 2014, and we've been waiting ever since then to see what she'll do next. Vengeance and looking for balance in the world is a big part of her latest, and the trailer for The Nightingale is online.

Set during the colonization of Australia in 1825, The Nightingale follows Clare (Aisling Franciosi), a 21-year-old Irish convict. Having served her 7-year sentence, she is desperate to be free of her abusive master, Lieutenant Hawkins (Sam Claflin), who refuses to release her from his charge. Clare’s husband Aidan (Michael Sheasby) retaliates and she becomes the victim of a harrowing crime at the hands of the lieutenant and his cronies.

When British authorities fail to deliver justice, Clare decides to pursue Hawkins, who leaves his post suddenly to secure a captaincy up north. Unable to find compatriots for her journey, she is forced to enlist the help of a young Aboriginal tracker Billy (Baykali Ganambarr) who grudgingly takes her through the rugged wilderness to track down Hawkins. The terrain and the prevailing hostilities are frightening, as fighting between the original inhabitants of the land and its colonizers plays out in what is now known as “The Black War.” Clare and Billy are hostile towards each other from the outset, both suffering their own traumas and mutual distrust, but as their journey leads them deeper into the wilderness, they must learn to find empathy for one another, while weighing the true cost of revenge.

It's a very different film, but we're fascinated to see where Kent has gone next. The film will hit US cinemas on 2 August, but there's no sign of a UK release just yet. Hopefully, that will change soon.

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