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Hull Independent Cinema: THE NIGHTINGALE

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

£5 – £7

At Hull Truck Theatre: BUY TICKETS.

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

In 1820s Australia, a young convict suffers a terrible crime at the hands of her abusive master. To seek revenge, she enlists the help of an Aboriginal tracker, a man dealing with his own traumas. Their journey leads them deep into the wilderness, where they must learn to trust each other.

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


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 15 Australian Academy Awards; Winner, Best Young Actor – Venice 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

“Kent joins the ranks of a few dozen precious filmmakers able to transport us somewhere awful and beautiful, challenging us every step of the way.” Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune


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


Programme details

The venue is open all day, so why not come along early to grab a drink and a snack?

The programme run time includes an allowance for introductions. While we will endeavour to accommodate latecomers, this may not always be possible. Please note that we reserve the right to refuse entry, without a refund, to anyone arriving after the advertised start time.

Tickets terms and conditions

If any tickets remain unsold they can be purchased on the door on the night of the screening, but we strongly advise buying in advance. Advance tickets must be purchased; we cannot reserve tickets. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

If you purchase a membership or student ticket your membership card / student ID MUST be presented along with your ticket on the door when you come to a film. If you do not have your membership card / student ID we reserve the right to charge the non-discount rate for your ticket.


Hull Truck Theatre
50 Ferensway
Hull, HU2 8LB United Kingdom
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