Details on Jennifer Kent's Colonial Nightmare NIGHTINGALE
After rounding up award after award on the festival circuit, and a solid international commercial release, how is Jennifer Kent following up her hit horror picture, The Babadook? According to a lovely interview done by Monica Tan at The Guardian, Kent has been courted by Hollywood, but has been quite picky about what she does next. (I love her motto for picking scripts, "What would David Lynch do?") And that is to stay in Australia and make a realistic period piece on Tasmania in the 1820s titled Nightingale.
With Rolf De Heer (Ten Canoes, Charlie's War) 'offering support' (does this mean executive producing? That is unclear) and a lot of rigourous consultation with Tasmanian aboriginal community, Kent is aiming for realism here, which is always dangerous when trying to get this sort of history into the public spotlight. The revenge framework and the unique forested-but-food-scarce, landscape of Tasmania (if you want a taste of this kind of thing, check out Jonathan auf der Heide's nastly little period piece, Van Diemen's Land) sounds like a engaging challenge for the filmmaker's sophomore feature.
Kent is currently one of Austalia's brightest directors, has previously worked with Lars Von Trier (on Dogville) and her perspective and sensibility seems like a very interesting fit for this material. (Note: After Nightingale, she's got Warner Brother's 19th century southern-gothic lesbian picture, Alice + Freda Forever.)
[In other post-Babadook news, leading lady Essie Davis had a nice two-part guest stint on the most recent pair of Game Of Thrones episodes, opposite Richard E. Grant, where both played Braavosi theatre actors doing a comedy-farce play on the recent history of Westeros. It was fine stuff.]