The Nightingale

Feature Film

Genre / Period Drama

Writer / Director / Jennifer Kent

Producer / Kristina Ceyton

Indigenous Advisor / Jim Everett

Script Editor / Lynne Vincent McCarthy

Status / Financing







Screen Australia: Treatment to First Draft Funding

Screen Australia: Late Stage Development Funding



1829 Tasmania. A young convict woman seeking revenge for the murder of her family, takes an Aboriginal male outcast with her through the interior and gets much more than she bargained for.


JENNIFER KENT graduated from NIDA as an actor and has worked extensively in theatre, film and TV in Australia. In 2002, Jennifer undertook a directing attachment with Lars von Trier on DOGVILLE, starring Nicole Kidman. She has since been writing and developing her own film projects. Jennifer’s award winning short film, Monster, was screened at over forty international festivals. She was one of the directors on Two Twisted, a series of ‘Twilight Zone’ style thrillers produced by Bryan Brown for Channel Nine Australia. THE BABADOOK was Jennifer’s debut feature, and it premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and excellent international sales. It went on to receive the 2015 AACTA Award for Best Direction, Best Original Screenplay and Best Film (shared with THE WATER DIVINER), as well as Best First Feature at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, amongst other accolades.