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Mon Dec 12 6:00 PM

Arc Cinema
Allocated Seating
136 Mins
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this event may contain the images of people who have passed away.

2018 | DCP | AUS | D: Jennifer Kent  
In 1825, 21-year-old Irish convict Clare (Aisling Franciosi) chases a British soldier (Sam Claflin) through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness. Bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family, she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker, Billy (Baykali Ganambarr), who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past. 
Vengeance is a driving force in Clare’s story, but The Nightingale is more layered than a simple revenge tale. Billy is a Letteremairrener man, whose family has also been murdered by the colonists. As he and Clare travel across the country, her racism softens and their relationship becomes a space in which to explore the shared loss they have both experienced at the hands of white men. 
‘One of the most powerful films yet seen about the country's colonial foundation and the cruelties that were an indelible part of it’ – The Sydney Morning Herald  

Please join us for a special Q&A discussion with Jim-puralia Everett-meenamatta, cultural advisor on The Nightingale, as well as footage of Jimmy Clements at the opening of Parliament House 9 – 10 May 1927 in Birth of White Australia (1928) before the screening of the film. 

This title is held in the NFSA collection. 

Arc Cinema

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