IFC Films is set to join forces with “The Babadook” filmmaker Jennifer Kent on her latest project, The Nightingale Variety exclusively report.
The Nightingale, which picked up the Special Jury Price at 2018 Venace International Film Festival, is set to have its North American debut at Sundance Film Festival.
The film follows a 21-year-old Irish convict named Claire who struggles to be free from an abusive master, Lieutenant Hawkins, after she finishes her 7-year sentence in 1820s Tasmania. After Hawkins commits a horrible crime against Claire’s family she is forced to pursue through the punishing wilderness with the help of Billy, a young Aboriginal tracker.
The Nightingale stars Aisling Franciosi (“Game of Thrones”), Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games”), and Ganambarr. Kent wrote, produced and directed the film with Kristina Ceyton, Bruna Papandrea, and Steve Hutensky also producing. Brenda Gilbert, Jason Cloth, Aaron L. Gilbert, Ben Browning, and Alison Cohen executive produced.