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Jennifer Kent’s ‘The Nightingale’ To Hit Blu-ray On February 4th!

From Jennifer Kent, the acclaimed writer/director of The Babadook, comes a stunning meditation on the consequences of violence and the price of seeking vengeance. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2018 Venice Film Festival and an official selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, The Nightingale makes its Blu-ray debut February 4, 2020 from Shout! Factory, in conjunction with IFC Films. This uncompromising yet poetic film also includes the featurette “The Nightingale in Context” and a behind the scenes featurette as bonus features. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting

Set during the colonization of Australia in 1825, the film follows Clare (Aisling Franciosi), a 21-year-old Irish convict. Having served her seven-year sentence, she is desperate to be free of her abusive master, Lieutenant Hawkins (Sam Claflin), who refuses to release her from his charge. Clare’s husband (Michael Sheasby) retaliates, and she becomes the victim of a harrowing crime at the hands of the lieutenant. When British authorities fail to deliver justice, Clare decides to pursue Hawkins, who leaves his post suddenly to secure a captaincy up north. Clare is forced to enlist the help of young Aboriginal tracker Billy (Baykali Ganambarr), who grudgingly takes her through the rugged wilderness to track down Hawkins. The terrain and the prevailing hostilities are frightening, as fighting between the original inhabitants of the land and its colonizers plays out in what is now known as “The Black War.” Clare and Billy both suffer their own traumas and mutual distrust, but as their journey leads them deeper into the wilderness, they must learn to find empathy for one another while weighing the true cost of revenge.

The Nightingale Bonus Features:

  • The Nightingale in Context—a ‘making of’ The Nightingale featurette with the cast and crew
  • Behind the scenes featurette
  • Theatrical trailer
  •  Image gallery

The Nightingale