Distribution outfit Vertigo Releasing has picked up UK and Ireland rights to Jennifer Kent’s thriller The Nightingale, an award winner at Venice last year, from FilmNation.
Vertigo is planning to release the title day-and-date in cinemas and online on November 29.
Set during the colonisation of Australia in 1825, the film follows a 21-year-old Irish convict, played by Aisling Franciosi. Having served her seven-year sentence, she is desperate to be free of her abusive master, played by Sam Claflin who refuses to release her. Michael Sheasby and Baykali Ganambarr also star.
The project was director Kent’s second feature after 2014 horror The Babadook. Producers were Causeway Films and Bron Studios.
The film premiered at Venice Film Festival 2018 in competition and picked up the Special Jury Prize. IFC Films bought US rights and released last month, grossing $382,445 to date.