'Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman (Aisling Franciosi), chases a British officer (Sam Claflin) 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 (Baykali Ganambarr), who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.'
Source: Screen Australia.
'Revenge films remain popular, in part, because they re-stage a formative aspect of human culture – the bonding of societies around communal acts of violence. As René Girard has written, scapegoating – the designation and punishment of the victim – is one of the foundational cultural moments.' (Introduction)
'With just one week to go until the Adelaide Film Festival, organisers are burning the midnight oil in final preparations for the 11-day event that will feature more than 130 productions of varying budgets and beginnings.' (Introduction)
'Hopes are high for a new film set in convict-era Tasmania, which has taken out two awards at the prestigious Venice Film Festival.'
'Highly anticipated feature film, The Nightingale, which is likely to contain the most accurate depiction of Tasmanian Aborigines on the big screen to date, has been selected to premiere, in competition, at the prestigious Venice International Film Festival later this month.'