IFC Films has released the first trailer for “The Babadook” director Jennifer Kent’s “The Nightingale,” a dark and brutal tale of murder and revenge in 19th century Tasmania.
Aisling Franciosi plays Clare, a 21-year-old Irish convict in 1825 who is forced to deal with the abusive Lieutenant Hawkins (Sam Claflin) in her remote town.
After a shocking incident, she’s sent on a revenge-driven path as Hawkins heads up north for a captaincy position, Clare enlists the help of an Aboriginal tracker (Baykali Ganambarr) to chase Hawkins through the island’s wilderness.
The film debuted in Venice and Adelaide last year to very positive reviews, but many who’ve seen it (including this author) warn it is one of the most unrelentingly brutal and nasty features put to screen with frequent sexual violence, gory violence and very dark themes. The film will open theatrically on August 2nd.