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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 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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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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Release Date:

29 August 2019 (Australia) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$35,882, 4 August 2019

Gross USA:

$400,209

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$713,293
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1.37 : 1
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Even though the film is set two hundred years ago, writer-director Jennifer Kent's determination was that she would not follow the standard conventions of a 'well behaved period film'. "All the concerns about violence - towards women, towards indigenous people, towards nature, the repercussions of colonization - they're very much in our mentality and in the way we live now", observed Kent, "but by placing something in the past, you can give people a distance from it, so they can see it without feeling like they're being attacked. Everything that's real and deep about this film is relevant now. Completely." See more »

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Clare: Get me to the soldiers that came by this morning.
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Powerful
15 August 2019 | by zakashxSee all my reviews

Almost accurate description of what would have happened in the 18th Century Australia.

Some people may argue that some of the scenes are not appropriate, but things like that happened in the past and is currently happening in present day America. Look the the Epstein, Weinstein, Smullett, and cop shooting ethnic folks cases.

It's a good watch!


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