Jennifer Kent’s THE NIGHTINGALE Sweeps AACTA Awards!
Australia’s night of nights for cinema and television, the AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) awards, took place in Sydney last night and of the twelve categories THE NIGHTINGALE was nominated for, it won five and among them the most coveted awards of the ceremony.
Taking out top prize, Best Film, THE NIGHTINGALE also received awards for Best Direction (Jennifer Kent), Best Screenplay (Jennifer Kent), Best Actress (Aisling Franciosi) and Best Supporting Actress (Magnolia Maymuru).
Following her 2014 multi-award winning THE BABADOOK, Kent’s bold and bleak rape-revenge tale set within colonial Australia, is at times challenging to endure (due to its brutal yet not graphic sexual violence), but impossible not to be engaged with. THE NIGHTINGALE is a masterful filmmaker rendering a heartfelt and honest depiction of Australia in a time that cinema has largely ignored.
Set in 1825, Clare (Aisling Franciosi), 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 (Baykali Ganambarr), who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.
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