The director of “The Babadook” (2014) releases “The Nightingale” (2019), a Western

Jennifer Kent, the filmmaker behind the horror film The Babadook (2014), returns to select theaters tomorrow with a revisionist Australian Western feminist revenge fantasy, The Nightingale (2019), according to The A.V. Club. Set in 1825 Tasmania (then known as Van Diemen’s Land), Aisling Franciosi stars as Clare, an Irish convict searching the wilderness with the help of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy (Baykali Ganambarr) to kill the English Lieutenant Hawkins (Sam Claflin) who raped her. Reviewer A.A. Dowd grades the picture with an A-, praising Kent for her tasteful approach to what could have easily been an exploitative rape-and-revenge B-movie.

Author: Hunter Goddard

I’m related to Paulette Goddard and Van Heflin, there’s one degree of separation between myself and Will Smith, Charlize Theron, and Jason Bateman, and Nicolas Cage once threatened to sue me. If you live for film like I do, then let’s celebrate it together.

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