Jennifer Kent’s career could have followed a completely different path than it did after the massive success of The Babadook. At one point, Kent was on the short list to direct Wonder Woman, only to knock down all offers and opt to make another film in Australia. For the Australian film lovers out there, this is music to our ears – Kent is one of the most exciting new talents to come out of this country, so to see a brutal film that addresses the horrors of colonialism come from a woman’s perspective is thrilling.
Travis Akbar caught The Nightingale in Adelaide last year at the Adelaide Film Festival and gave it a perfect rating, calling it a revenge story that heals a nation at the same time as it opens fresh wounds.
It’s not going to be long for everyone else to be able to see this film, with it opening around the world in August. For now, turn on your cold shower, as you’ll definitely need one after watching this knock to the guts trailer.