Director Jennifer Kent will start shooting her new movie, a period thriller called The Nightingale, later this month in Tasmania, Australia, it was announced Tuesday. The film is written by Kent and stars Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Damon Herriman, Ewen Leslie, Harry Greenwood, Baykali Ganambarr, and Magnolia Maymuru. Kent’s previous film was the terrifying, and much-acclaimed horror movie, The Babadook.
Set in Tasmania in 1825, The Nightingale follows “a beautiful 21-year-old Irish female convict who witnesses the brutal murder of her husband and baby by her soldier master and his cronies. Unable to find justice, she takes an Aboriginal male tracker with her through the hellish wilderness to seek revenge on the men, and gets much more than she bargained for,” according to an official statement.
Bron Creative will executive produce and co-finance The Nightingale. Made Up Stories, together with major production investment from Screen Australia, and in association with the Tasmanian government through Screen Tasmania, and the South Australian Film Corporation will co-finance the movie as well.
Watch the trailer for The Babadook, above