WHAT'S IT ABOUT

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.

What did we think

  1. Anthony Sherratt August 28, 2019

    Simple. Intense. Utterly gripping. Its realism means it’s replaced the usual cinematic happiness with a dour grit, but it’s this raw humanity that make The Nightingale such a wonderful film. Wonderful characterisation just sucks you in. And then spits you out feeling a bit rough. Great story, great flick.

  2. Peter Linning August 28, 2019

    Devastatingly beautiful, The Nightingale establishes a grim tone early on and does it's best to not let the audience to recover. It's not a fast-paced film by any means, instead taking the audience on an exhausting journey through the harsh (and horribly true-to-life) world it portrays. The simplicity of the plot provides plenty of time to explore the characters and their motivations, effectively pulling the audience along on their bleak adventure. It's a great watch, but definitely not for the faint of heart.

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