THE NIGHTINGALE – Thu 30 Jan – Hull Truck Theatre

The Nightingale | Dir: Jennifer Kent | 2018 | Australia | Cert 18 | 136 min | English, Irish, Aboriginal with English subtitles


Thursday 30 January, 7:00pm, Hull Truck Theatre

Jennifer Kent | 2018 | Australia | Cert 18 | 136 min | English, Gallic, Aboriginal with English subtitles


Tickets can be purchased in advance exclusively via HULL  TRUCK THEATRE

Programme details

Hull Truck Theatre is open all day, so why not come along early to grab a drink and a snack or dinner? Doors to the screening room usually open around twenty minutes before the performance starts.

7:00pm: Programme starts

9:30pm: Programme ends

The programme runtime includes an allowance for introductions and trailers. This may vary and in some cases, the film will begin immediately after a short introduction.


The Nightingale is a meditation on the consequences of violence and the price of seeking vengeance. Set during the colonization of Australia in 1825, the film follows Clare, a 21-year-old Irish convict. Having served her 7-year sentence, she is desperate to be free of her abusive master, Lieutenant Hawkins, who refuses to release her from his charge. Clare’s husband Aidan retaliates and she becomes the victim of a harrowing crime at the hands of the lieutenant and his cronies.

When British authorities fail to deliver justice and Hawkins moves north, Clare decides to pursue him. She is forced to enlist the help of a young Aboriginal tracker Billy who grudgingly guides her. Clare and Billy are hostile towards each other from the outset, both suffering 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. Writer / Director Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) taps into a rich vein of palpable rage to tell a war story that leaves a bruising impact as it targets toxic masculinity and the legacy of colonialism.

Starring Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr

Awards and reviews

Nominated for 9 Australian Academy Awards; Winner, Best Screenplay – Sitges Catalonian International Film Festival

“The power and sheer command of Kent’s direction enforced this film’s grip on me, along with the fluency and urgency of her storytelling.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


THE NIGHTINGALE is rated 18. Visit the BBFC website for full details (may include plot spoilers).

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