Aussie Drama ‘The Nightingale’ From ‘Babadook’ Scribe Heads Home

Shout! Factory and IFC Films have set a Feb 4. Blu-ray Disc release date for The Nightingale, an Australian drama film written, directed, and co-produced by Jennifer Kent ‚ acclaimed writer and director of The Babadook.

The 2018 film stars Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr, Charlie Shotwell, and Damon Herriman.

Set in the British penal colony of Van Diemen’s Land in 1825, the film follows a 21-year-old Irish convict who, after serving her seven-year sentence, is desperate to be free of her abusive master Lieutenant Hawkins. When her husband decides to stand up for her, she becomes the victim of a harrowing crime at the hands of the lieutenant. She decides to pursue Hawkins as he attempts to pursue his captaincy up north, along the way encountering frightening hostilities.

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The film was highly perceived at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, where it won Best Film, and the cast received awards such as Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, and Best Casting.

The film’s Blu-ray Disc release comes with bonus features, including a behind-the-scenes featurette, “The Nightingale in Context”; a “making of” featurette; an image gallery; and the theatrical trailer.

 

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