The Nightingale

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Movie Info & Cast


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.


  • Aisling Franciosi
  • Sam Claflin
  • Baykali Ganambarr
  • Damon Herriman
  • Harry Greenwood
  • Ewen Leslie
  • Charlie Shotwell
  • Michael Sheasby
  • Matthew Sunderland
  • Magnolia Maymuru

Did You Know?


  • At the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, a man was booed by the audience when he asked Jennifer Kent during a Q&A if she believes someone in the theater would have the intent to rape after the screening. Kent and the cast were disgusted and did not answer before moving on to another question.
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  • Clair is supposed to be clever. But misses the obvious option of complaining to the superior officer. She would be much more likely to get justice for a man with no interest in keeping her.
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    • Clare: Get me to the soldiers that came by this morning.
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Aug 1, 2019

On American screens, at least, there is an almost shocking dearth of honest stories about European colonialism, one of the greatest forces to reshape the globe in the last half-millennium, and Kent’s humanist revisions of the rape-revenge and Western genres represents a visionary attempt to rectify this. It may not always be easy to sit through, but we’re nonetheless lucky to witness it.

Metacritic review by Inkoo Kang
Inkoo Kang
Sep 12, 2018

If The Nightingale doesn’t quite fulfill the high expectations for Kent’s sophomore feature, it still shows a director with a muscular handle on her craft, though in this case she could have used a script collaborator to address the weaknesses.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
Sep 12, 2018

There’s a terrific film in here somewhere, with upmarket echoes of the exploitation thriller tradition of the 70s, but it gets lost in overstatement and a surfeit of plot reversals.

Jonathan Romney
Screen Daily