The Nightingale is a 2018 Australian period thriller film directed by Jennifer Kent.

Official trailers

IFC Films on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 released the trailer:
The Nightingale - Official Trailer I HD I IFC Films.

Story intro

During Van Diemen's Land's Black War, Irish convict Clare Carroll works as a servant for a British Army unit commanded by Lieutenant Hawkins and Sergeant Ruse. The unit is being visited by a commanding officer to see if Hawkins is fit for promotion to captaincy. After a night of work, Clare asks Hawkins about the overdue letter of recommendation that would allow her family - husband Aidan and their infant child - freedom. Hawkins takes this as an act of insolence and proceeds to assault and rape her. Later that night, Aidan suspects that Clare has been hurt but promises to remain calm when he confronts Hawkins the following morning; however, he fails to sway him. That night, a drunken Aidan engages in a brawl with Hawkins, Ruse and wide-eyed Private Jago. The commanding officer witnesses the entire incident and determines that this, along with other acts of poor conduct displayed by Hawkins and his soldiers, make him unfit for promotion. Incensed, Hawkins commands Ruse and Jago to gather supplies for an impromptu journey through treacherous bush to the town of Launceston that will secure his promotion. Before departing, the soldiers intercept the Carroll family, who are attempting to flee. Hawkins taunts Aiden about the "numerous" times he's had sex with Clare. Then he and Ruse gangrape Clare, Hawkins kills Aiden, Jago kills their baby and knocks Clare unconscious. After Clare reports the incident to a dubious RMP official the following morning, she decides to seek revenge herself, with the help of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy. Clare presents the mission to Billy as her desire to rendezvous with her soldier husband on his journey. At first, Clare is domineering toward Billy, but their mutual hostility dissipates and they gradually bond as they learn about each other's tragic upbringings and their shared hatred of the British. Billy tells Clare that his actual name is Mangana, Palawa kani for "blackbird" and that he wishes to go up north to reunite with the still-living female members of his people. Meanwhile, the officers recruit three convicts and Aboriginal Charlie for their journey. Hawkins takes a liking to one of the convicts, a child named Eddie, and Ruse kidnaps a woman named Lowanna to be used as a sex slave. Aboriginal men kill one of the convicts and injure Jago in an unsuccessful rescue mission. Hawkins kills Lowanna in the scuffle, and he, Ruse, and the convicts leave Jago behind. Later, Clare and Billy stumble upon Jago (whom Billy assumes is her husband); Clare corners Jago and repeatedly stabs and beats him to death. Billy considers abandoning a now-desperate Clare, but after he learns the true story behind her desire to get revenge on the soldiers, he decides to stay.


Aisling Franciosi
Sam Claflin
Baykali Ganambarr
Damon Herriman
Harry Greenwood
Ewen Leslie
Charlie Shotwell
Michael Sheasby
Magnolia Maymuru
Nathaniel Dean
Charlie Jampijinpa Brown
Uncle Charlie
Luke Carroll
Matthew Sunderland
Christopher Stollery
Major Bexley
Claire Jones
Dallas Mugarra
Lowanna's Husband
Joseph Barrows
Possum Man
Jerry Bitting
Hanging Man 1
Caleb Crack
Benjamin Creek
Hanging Man 2
Zachary Gorman
Keith Melpi Jabinee
Warrior Man 2
Ben McIvor
Dull Convict
Campbell McKenzie
Kendrick Melpi
Warrior Man 3
Terence Perdjert
Warrior Man 1
Sam Smith
Sheep Farmer


The film The Nightingale was scheduled to be released on September 6, 2018 (Venice), on August 2, 2019 (Australia, United States), on August 29, 2019 (Australia) and on November 29, 2019 (United Kingdom) by IFC Films (United States), Transmission Films (Australia), Vertigo Releasing and Shout! Factory.

The duration of the film is 136 minutes. The film grossed over $661,809.

The film had received a "R" rating.


The Nightingale got high rating from critics. The audience also likes the film.

External links

Official website:!nightingale/k88ko

IMDB: The Nightingale

Wikipedia: The Nightingale (2018 film)

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