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 stationed British Army unit commanded by Lieutenant Hawkins and Sergeant Ruse. The unit is also 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 her overdue letter of recommendation that would allow their 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 was hurt but promises to remain calm when he will confront Hawkins the following morning; he, however, fails to sway his mind. 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, deem 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 to secure his promotion. Before departing, the soldiers intercept the Carroll family attempting to flee. Hawkins taunts Aiden about the "numerous" times he's had sex with Clare before he and Ruse gangrape Clare. During the assault Hawkins kills Aiden; Jago then kills their baby and knocks Clare unconscious. When Clare reports the incident to a dubious RMP official the following morning, she decides to enact revenge herself with a help of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy. Clare presents the task to Billy as her wishing to meet her soldier husband on his journey. The two initially share mutual hostility but begin to bond over their tragic upbringings and shared hatred of the British. Billy also tells Clare his actual name is Mangala, Palawa kani for "blackbird" and that he wishes to go up north to reunite with the still-living female members of his people. Concurrently, the officers recruit three convicts and Aboriginal Charlie for the 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 a rescue mission, but this proves unsuccessful as Hawkins kills Lowanna in the scuffle. Clare and Billy stumble upon Jago (whom Billy assumes is her husband) and Clare corners and brutally kills him. Billy considers abandoning Clare but deduces her revenge plot and decides to stay.


Aisling Franciosi
Sam Claflin
Baykali Ganambarr
Damon Herriman
Harry Greenwood
Ewen Leslie
Charlie Shotwell
Michael Sheasby
Luke Carroll


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

The duration of the film is 136 minutes. The film grossed over $545,070.

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

Wikipedia: The Nightingale (2018 film)

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