The Babadook (2014) director Jennifer Kent’s latest film The Nightingale is a revenge-driven period film that looks rather quite chilling.
The film is set in 1825, during the colonization of Australia and follows the story of Clare (Aisling Franciosi), a 21-year-old Irish convict who, along with her husband, is subjected to a vicious crime at the hands of her abusive master, Lieutenant Hawkins (Sam Claflin).
When the authorities fail to serve any justice, Clare takes it into her own hands to track down Hawkins (who’s recently departed from his post) with the help of the young Aboriginal tracker Billy (Baykali Ganambarr).
The two hit the dense Tasmanian wilderness on a journey of perseverance through troubling times as they each cope with their own personal trauma.
And there’ll be plenty of violence along the way.
The Babadook was one of the more thought-provoking horror films of the decade and put Australian director Jennifer Kent on the map.
A successful follow-up to that film would have been no easy task, though it appears she has delivered the goods with her dark period film, The Nightingale.
The Nightingale looks incredibly visceral, with the imagery in the trailer enough to instil feelings of panic and fear in its audience.
Couple that with a sensitive subject matter such as white oppression and the lack of justice after a harrowing event and we should have a film that that won’t be easily forgotten.
The film releases on 2 August 2019.
Check out the trailer below and if you loved The Babadook, check out our list of 8 great first films from established of first-time directors here!