Just days ago we brought you a list of horror movies you should see at least once in your lifetime. Jennifer Kent’s standout 2014 film, The Babadook, is featured in the guide, as the director is now gearing up to release her latest picture, a revenge thriller titled The Nightingale. This week we get our first look at the anticipated movie courtesy of an official trailer from IFC Films.
Aisling Franciosi stars in The Nightingale, portraying a 21-year-old Irish convict named Clare. After serving her seven-year sentence, she hopes to rid herself of an abusive master, Lieutenant Hawkins (played by Sam Claflin), although he refuses to free her. Clare’s husband Aidan (Michael Sheasby) ultimately goes after Hawkins, leaving Clare to receive the brunt of the punishment from the lieutenant and his crew.
Clare is then forced to take matters into her own hands after the British government does nothing to reprimand Hawkins, who has since fled the area. Now, the 21-year-old woman teams up with an Aboriginal tracker named Billy (Baykali Ganambarr) to venture through the rugged wilderness and hunt the lieutenant down.
Set during the colonization of Australia in 1825, Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale opens in theaters August 2.