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The Nightingale

Venezia 75 Competition

Director:
Jennifer Kent
Production:
Causeway Films (Kristina Ceyton), Made Up Stories (Bruna Papandrea, Steve Hutensky), Jennifer Kent
Running Time:
136’
Language:
English, Palawa kani, Gaelic
Country:
Australia
Main Cast:
Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr, Damon Herriman, Harry Greenwood, Ewen Leslie, Michael Sheasby, Charlie Shotwell
Screenplay:
Jennifer Kent
Cinematographer:
Radek Ladczuk
Editor:
Simon Njoo
Production Designer:
Alex Holmes
Costume Designer:
Margot Wilson
Music:
Jed Kurzel
Sound:
Robert Mackenzie
Special Effects:
Marty Pepper
Notes:
14+

Synopsis

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.

Director’s Statement

I wanted to tell a story about violence. In particular, the fallout of violence from a feminine perspective. To do this I’ve reached back into my own country’s history. The colonisation of Australia was a time of inherent violence; towards Aboriginal people, towards women, and towards the land itself, which was wrenched from its first inhabitants. Colonisation by nature is a brutal act. And the arrogance that drives it lives on in the modern world. For this reason, I consider this a current story despite being set in the past. I don’t have all the answers to the question of violence. But I feel they lie in our humanity, in the empathy we hold for ourselves and others.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Kristina Ceyton - Causeway Films
9 Renwick Street
2040 - Leichhardt, NSW, Australia
Tel. +61 400 535 025
kristina@causewayfilms.com.au
causewayfilms.com.au

PRODUCTION 2: Bruna Papandrea p.g.a. and Steve Hutensky p.g.a. - Made Up Stories

PRODUCTION 3: Jennifer Kent – p.g.a.

ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION: Glen Basner - FilmNation Entertainment
150 W 22nd St, 9th Floor
10011 - New York, United States
nyoffice@filmnation.com

PRESS OFFICE: PREMIER
Liz.Miller@premiercomms.com /
Susan.Coombs@premiercomms.com


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