In this episode of the Seventh Row podcast, we are joined by special guest Joe Lipsett to discuss Jennifer Kent’s revisionist rape revenge film The Nightingale. Listen to our mini-episode on the performances in the film here.
Editor-in-Chief Alex Heeney (@bwestcineaste), Associate Editor Brett Pardy (@antiqueipod), and Editor at Large Mary Angela Rowe (@lapsedvictorian) welcome special guest Joe Lipsett (@bstolemyremote) to the podcast. We discuss The Nightingale‘s controversies, how Kent handles trauma, depicts colonialism, wonder where all the animals are, and much more.
Listen to our bonus mini-episode on the performances in The Nightingale here.
About Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale
Set in Australia in 1825, The Nightingale follows a young Irish convict, Clare (Aisling Franciosi), on her mission of revenge through the Tasmanian wilderness. She’s chasing after the British officer (Sam Claflin) who brutally raped her and committed great violence against her family. Clare enlists the help of Billy (Baykali Ganambarr), an aboriginal man, as her guide.
Watch the trailer for The Nightingale here.
Show Notes and Recommended Reading
Orla Smith reviewed The Nightingale as part of her Sundance London ’19 Review Capsules.
Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country is a revisionist Australian western from an Indigenous point of view. Alex Heeney interviewed him about the film in 2018.
In our intro, we discuss Patricia Rozema’s Mouthpiece (also discussed in depth on Ep. 13) and Keith Berhman’s Giant Little Ones. Interviews with both directors, and much more, are included in our upcoming ebook, The 2019 Canadian Cinema Yearbook.
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