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“BABADOOK” filmmaker Jennifer Kent’s “THE NIGHTINGALE” lands distribution

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Writer/director Jennifer Kent has followed up the psychological horrors of her modern classic THE BABADOOK with the historical trauma of THE NIGHTINGALE, and now it has been picked up for U.S. release.

Variety reports that IFC Films, which handled THE BABADOOK Stateside, will do the same for THE NIGHTINGALE, which makes its North American debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. NIGHTINGALE, which won the Special Jury Prize and the Marcello Mastroianni award for Best New Young Performer (Baykali Ganambarr) at last year’s Venice International Film Festival, stars Aisling Franciosi as Claire, a young Irish convict in 1825 Tasmania. After serving her sentence, she is brutalized by a British army officer (Sam Claflin), and sets out through the wilderness to seek vengeance upon him, accompanied by an aboriginal tracker (Ganambarr). “The film is a study on violence and what a violent mind and therefore a violent society can do to damage the human spirit,” Kent tells the trade. “It’s about how we can evolve through and beyond that violence.

“For independent filmmakers these days it’s so important to find someone who will protect the work you do,” she adds. “I was so happy with the way that IFC protected THE BABADOOK and guided it to the right audience.” The distributor is targeting a summer release.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.