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Aisling, Baykali and Sam are featured in Collider’s ‘best of the year’ by Matt Goldberg.

As 2019 winds to a close, we’ve had yet another great year of movies. If anyone tells you, “Movies aren’t good anymore,” all they’re telling you is, “I don’t watch many movies.” And beyond the movies themselves we were treated to a host of terrific performances, direction, characters, and more. When it comes time for the Oscar nominations to be announced on January 13th, there will be lots of arguing over snubs and surprises, and rightly so. Narrowing down my personal list was quite a task this year, and I’m sure you’ll disagree with some of these choices. However, I hope that if there’s a choice on here you haven’t seen, you’ll seek out the movie.

Please note that all runners up are listed in alphabetical order.

Best Actress

Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson / Red in Us

Runners Up:

  • Aisling Franciosi as Clare in The Nightingale
  • Scarlett Johansson as Nicole Barber in Marriage Story 
  • Florence Pugh as Dani in Midsommar
  • Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland in Judy

Best Supporting Actor

Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Runners Up:

  • Alan Alda as Bert Spitz in Marriage Story
  • Timothee Chalamet as Laurie in Little Women
  • Baykali Ganambarr as Billy in The Nightingale
  • Joe Pesci as Russell Bufalino in The Irishman

Best Villain

Hawkins in The Nightingale (Sam Claflin)

Runners Up:

  • Capitalism, Parasite
  • Financial Instruments, The Landromat
  • Roger Ailes, Bombshell
  • Sensei, The Art of Self-Defense

Sam Claflin is so recognizably terrifying in The Nightingale that I fear I’ll never be able to like him in another role ever again. In Jennifer Kent’s latest film, he is the personification of white male nationalism and the destruction it wreaks. There’s nothing good about Hawkins, but he is disturbingly human in how he feels entitled to a promotion and will take whatever he wants in order to get it. What makes Sam Claflin’s performance so smart is that he doesn’t try to add anything seductive to it. He doesn’t try to win you to Hawkins side like he’s the hero of his own story. He acts entirely in his own self-interest with no need for sympathy because he knows the world belongs to men like him. It’s chilling.

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New interview with Aisling for The Irish World.

You’ve seen her in The Fall, Jimmy’s Hall and more recently in Game of Thrones, actress Aisling Franciosi told David Hennessy why, when playing a survivor of rape in her starring role in The Nightingale, she felt a responsibility to those who have suffered sexual abuse in real life.

Irish actress Aisling Franciosi first came to people’s attention as the schoolgirl who fell under the spell of Jamie Dornan’s killer in The Fall. She has also acted for director Ken Loach in Jimmy’s Hall. More recently she played Lyanna Stark, the mother of Jon Snow in HBO’s huge fantasy series, Game of Thrones.

She continues to tackle serious themes in her first major big screen role, The Nightingale, in which she plays an Irish convict during Australia’s ‘Black War’ who seeks revenge for the murder of her family and her rape by British soldiers.

Aisling spoke about how she met with survivors of rape to help inform her performance and how she felt a responsibility to them while telling the story and set the record straight on mass audience walk outs in reaction to its violent scenes.

When The Nightingale screened at Sydney Film Festival last year, it was reported that masses walked out because they couldn’t handle the tale of rape and revenge. It was reported that the majority of the audience felt it was too much and left.

Aisling tells The Irish World that this story was misreported: “There were a couple of people who left. I think it was ten out of 900 or something like that. In the festival circuit it’s a very common thing for a million and one different reasons and a million and one kinds of film for people to leave a screening, so I think it must have been a slow news day and I think the reasons that they gave it were blown out of proportion.”

Set in 1825 in the penal colony of Van Diemen’s Land (which is now Tasmania), The Nightingale sees Aisling play Irish convict Clare who goes looking for revenge against the British officers who raped her and killed her husband and baby in front of her eyes. Looking for revenge, Clare follows her assailants through the wilderness with an Aboriginal man as her guide.

“Yes, the film has some very difficult scenes in it to watch but they are not in any way gratuitous, they are there for a reason and they’re shot in a very particular way. I don’t think the word is necessarily graphic, I think it’s more emotionally extremely confronting. Again most people took it through the movie, they didn’t leave.”

“Honestly I’ve been really pleasantly surprised in that the majority of people have responded really well to it. Obviously it’s a very confronting watch and people acknowledge that. I don’t think you can watch it without finding it quite confronting and definitely very thought-provoking.”

“A lot of people say to me that the film really stuck with them for days and they found themselves thinking about the topics and themes in it. That, to me, is a win because my dream and goal making films was to make work that makes people feel something and I definitely feel our film does that and it does it for all the right reasons.”

Aisling has been honoured with an AACTA (Australian equivalent of Oscars of BAFTAs) award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Clare.

“I obviously knew the scenes were going to be a lot but having spoken to Jen (Kent, writer and director), I just realised how intelligent a woman she is and how much thought she put in to this script and the years of research that went into it. I knew that we would be shooting it in a very particular way, the meaning and the message behind the scene and the reason for doing it was very, very clear to us. I wasn’t worried about it being gratuitous. I really don’t think that it is.”

Aisling will be familiar to many from her role in BBC’s The Fall where she played the young babysitter who fell very much under Jamie Dornan’s lead character’s spell. She also acted in Quirke with Gabriel Byrne, for Ken Loach in Jimmy’s Hall and played a huge role in Game of Thrones where, although she only appeared in two episodes, her appearance brought a revelation from the show’s back story.

Aisling wanted to portray her character realistically and met survivors of abuse to inform her portrayal of Clare.

“I felt a massive, massive sense of responsibility not just because I wanted to tell the story of survivors from the get go but during my time doing research I met with real victims and people were extremely generous in sharing their trauma with me in order to get to a place of playing this role as authentically as I could. I really felt the weight of responsibility of telling this story the right way, of filming these scenes the right way and honouring their generosity.

“We had both sides of the reaction spectrum in that we had some survivors and victims of abuse saying that they just found it too much which is completely understandable, but the good side of it is we also had, in particular, women come up to us and say, ‘Thank you for showing the PTSD you have to deal with after an event like this’.

“I had one woman come up to me in LA and say to me, ‘As a victim of sexual violence, I felt understood watching this film’. So there are pretty powerful reactions and that’s what I love about cinema that tries to be honest and bold is that it provokes very, very different reactions and very different reactions provoke conversation and that’s the most important thing.

“When I was reading the script, the main thing that stood out to me was it felt like more than an entertainment piece. Some film and TV is made just purely for entertainment and that’s fine and then there are others that I think do something more. I think that was the feeling I got when I read the script the first time. I thought, ‘Wow, this script is a really powerful story and actually it feels like it is trying to be more’.”

The film tries to accurately represent what a victim really goes through in the days after such an attack so Clare’s ordeal is not over with the end of the attack or even the end of the film.

“The rape was not just a catalyst for the story. What Clare goes through is what a lot of women go through, convicts and the Aboriginal women at that time, and many women continue to be subjected to this kind of abuse even today. This is a reality of being a woman at that time and so for us to tell a story about a female convict in Australia at that time and to set it during what was known as ‘the Black War’ (Struggle between British colonists and Aboriginal Australians in Tasmania in the years 1820- 1832), you can’t possibly tell those stories without honouring the whole truth of them. Unfortunately one of the awful truths that they had to endure was this kind of sexual abuse and assault and violence.

“It was never going to be there as just an element of drama. Jen and I were very clear on it needing to be from the female perspective, for it to be based purely on the emotional damage that violence causes. There’s no skin, there’s no nudity, there are no two bodies in frame, it’s all focused on faces and from the female’s perspective, from Clare’s perspective. It’s important that we see these horrific crimes and acts of pure violence are not just something being done to a body, they are something being done to a human being and the emotional fallout from that is devastating.

“There is so much violence on TV and film and we become incredibly desensitised to it because you can frequently distance yourself from it or disengage from it in some way whether because it’s in a comical setting or if it’s set in some fantastical land or because you don’t get to connect with the victim. In ours we wanted to make sure that you connect with your victim, you see the emotional impact and that you understand truthfully how horrific violence is. It’s not something that should be there just for entertainment.

“If we really want to make progress, we have to avoid cyclical violence: This idea of an eye for an eye. The resilience of Clare was just something that really struck me as well.

“Of course as well looking at how horrific colonialism is and how it strips tribes, people of their identity and how destructive and powerfully dehumanising it can be. Obviously it’s something that happened then, it’s something that is still happening now. I was fascinated by these questions through Clare’s story.”

The Nightingale is available on Apple TV, iTunes, Amazon Video, Sky Store, Virgin Movies, Google Play, Youtube Movies, Rakuten TV, Talk Talk TV, BT TV Store, Playstation Store, Microsoft Store, Curzon Home Cinema.

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The Film Stage

19. Aisling Franciosi (The Nightingale)

Aisling Franciosi’s Clare faces a litany of unspeakable atrocities in the opening minutes of Jennifer Kent’s punishing 19th century excoriation, The Nightingale, but none is worse in her eyes than being compared to her reluctant Aboriginal companion, Billy (Baykali Ganambarr, who could have also made this list). That precarious balance of ingrained bigotry and murderous rage lays on the shoulders of Franciosi’s performance as she needs to realize this journey of retribution and enlightenment without ever rendering Clare’s dramatic arc as false sentiment or writerly contrivance. Kent’s touch is intentionally heavy, but Franciosi never bears the psychological weight as a cross to bear. Rather, it’s a performance of exploration and resistance, of inching back against a world that only has a vested interest in the existence of the falsely chosen. – Michael S. 

The Playlist

Honorable Mentions: This feature could have been, and nearly was, twice as long. Here are just a few of the year’s great performances that got benched at the very last minute because life is short and this role call of greatness is already too long: Ashton Sanders in “Native Son“; George McKay in “1917“; Jonathan Pryce in “The Two Popes“; Sofia Boutella in “Climax“; Robert Pattinson in “High Life” and “The Lighthouse“; Franz Rogowski in “Transit“; Noah Jupe in “Honey Boy“; Jonathan Majors in “The Last Black Man in San Francisco“; Aisling Franciosi in “The Nightingale“; Marianne Jean-Baptiste in “In Fabric“; August Diehl in “A Hidden Life“; and Gugu Mbatha Raw in “Fast Color.” Apologies to all of the above for the outrageous, undeserved snub, and thanks for some of the most moving and excellent performances of the year.

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Ignored during an awards season or not, The Nightingale is one of the best movies of the year and the listings below prove it.

IndieWire – The 19 Best Movies of 2019

The Guardian – The 50 best films of 2019 in the UK

48. The Nightingale

Jennifer Kent follows up The Babadook with some real-life monsters: the men who ran Tasmania’s penal colonies in the 1820s – one of whom gets some grisly, if just, comeuppance in this gothic thriller.

Collider – Tom Reimann’s Top 10 Movies of 2019

4. The Nightingale

Ok, let’s get something out of the way right up front – The Nightingale is easily the darkest film I saw this year, and might be one of the darkest I’ve ever seen. Director Jennifer Kent’s follow-up to the cult hit The Babadook is a grim period revenge drama set in 19th century Tasmania (then Van Diemen’s Land), which was a British-occupied penal colony at the time. It stars Aisling Franciosi as Clare Carroll, an Irish convict working as a servant for the violent Lieutenant Hawkins (Sam Claflin). After a series of brutal events, Hawkins and his men depart for another post. Carol enlists the aid of an Aboriginal guide named Billy (Baykali Ganambarr) to track them down and kill them.

Kent’s film is bleak but gorgeously photographed, with excellent performances and particularly strong chemistry between Franciosi and Ganambarr. The film’s themes of systematic oppression and dehumanization are present in virtually every scene, predominantly in the casual cruelty inflicted with a grotesque air of entitlement by the fiendishly odious Hawkins and his men. Claflin’s performance would come across as almost cartoonishly evil if the horrors of colonialism weren’t so thoroughly documented. Kent rarely gives us a chance to breathe, but the few reprieves she does allow are profound moments of quiet dignity. It is not a film for everyone, but true to its title, The Nightingale is a beautiful song sung in the dark.

Parade – The 25 Best Movies of 2019

11. The Nightingale

Jennifer Kent‘s thunderous follow-up to The Babadook stars Aisling Franciosi as an imprisoned, abused Irish convict who sets out into the wilderness of 1825 Australia seeking vengeance. To be clear: The Nightingale is not a revenge fantasy; it’s a moral, humane exploration of themes that aren’t restricted to any particular time and place. It’s not easy viewing—it’s as much a series of events you experience as it is a movie you watch—but storytelling this clear-eyed and urgent doesn’t come around all that often, and demands to be seen. Kent does not make compromises in telling challenging, impactful stories. She’s one of the most exciting filmmaking talents around right now.

CBS News – The Best Movies of 2019

16. The Nightingale (Metascore: 77)

This drama, set in 1825, about a young convict (Clare Carroll) who seeks revenge, “isn’t an easy cinematic experience, but if you can handle it, it’s an unforgettable one,” says Entertainment Weekly.

Chicado Tribune – The best movies of 2019

18. The Nightingale

AP News – The Best Movies of 2019

10. The Nightingale

Jennifer Kent’s harrowing film about a young Irish woman on a quest for revenge in 1825 Tasmania contains one of the most shocking depictions of violence I’ve ever seen — so disturbing that I found myself looking for the door — and yet her film, which wants the viewer to be challenged by its violence, hate and ultimately empathy, is one that not only provokes, but sticks.

Los Angeles Times – Justin Chang’s best movies of 2019 – Honorable Mention

10. The Nightingale

Junkee – The 20 Best Films Of 2019

14. The Nightingale

The Nightingale is absolutely brutal: as well-reported, its first fifteen minutes feature a sexual assault so horrific that hordes of people walked from its debut at Sydney Film Festival. But a film about colonial Tasmania needs to disturb, otherwise it’s not about colonial Tasmania, a site of Indigenous genocide.

Directed by The Babadook‘s Jennifer Kent, The Nightingale is also a film of internal trauma. When Irish convict Clare (Aisling Franciosi) is attacked by a British officer and left with nothing, she vows revenge. Enlisting a local Indigenous tracker, Billy (Baykali Ganambarr), Clare follows the officer through the Tasmanian bush.

Only brutality follows, as Billy and Clare head towards a revenge without any possibility for reparations; everything is already lost. The film finds similarities in their oppression, but Indigenous dispossession and mass-murder is never equated to convict treatment: the link is in their mutual enemy, though the power imbalance is always present. The Nightingale isn’t about overcoming racism or Clare losing her own prejudices — it is a cry of defiance from voices long silenced.

The Guardian – The Best Australian Films of the Year

2. The Nightingale

To express the power and impact of the writer-director Jennifer Kent’s second feature film (following the brilliant The Babadook) one naturally feels inclined to reach towards turns of phrase such as “gut-churning” or “soul-bruising” or “holy hell this film hurts”. Anything to make the point that this unforgettable revenge movie – set in 19th century Tasmania and following an Irish convict (Aisling Franciosi) as she tracks down a diabolical lieutenant (Sam Clafin) – packs one almighty punch.

In addition to its brutality, the film is utterly elegant in construction, Kent juggling many elements including the painterly boxed-in cinematography of Radek Ladczuk – presented in 4:3 aspect ratio – and a haunting score from Jed Kurzel.

The Film Stage – Where to Stream the Best Films of 2019

The Nightingale (Jennifer Kent)

Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale features some of the most atrocious on-screen violence in recent memory. It is a cauldron of blood, murders, and rapes so unflinching in vividness and brutality as to make it impossible to go through its 136 minutes without ever turning away from the screen, let alone to come out of it untouched. But it is also, in a way that’s indissolubly bound to role that violence plays in Kent’s work, and to the depiction she offers of it, one of the most memorable works in its genre – a parable that never turns violence into a spectacle, but is resolutely committed to expose the poisonous double prism of racism and sexism it feeds upon.

Where to Stream: Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, Google

Austin Chronicle – Matthew Monagle’s Top 10 Films of 2019

5. The Nightingale

Arguably the year’s toughest watch (in a good way).

City Beat – Top 10 Films of 2019

10. The Nightingale (Jennifer Kent)

With the twitchy shocks of The Babadook in mind, audiences were not ready for the latest release from Australian writer/director Jennifer Kent. Not exactly leaving behind the horror genre, The Nightingale sharpens the focus by thrilling us with a tale about an Irish convict (Aisling Franciosi) seeking revenge on the British officer (Sam Claflin) and his underlings who took all that was precious from her. The proceedings are what happen to a restless and vengeful spirit in the toll of such dogged pursuit.

Concrete Playground

The Nightingale

Back in 2018, after The Nightingale first screened for media at the Venice Film Festival, it hit headlines. Barely a handful of people had seen it, but word of its tough nature spread quickly — as did news of vocal reactions and walkouts. Such reports would only continue as the film toured the festival circuit overseas and in Australia; however Jennifer Kent’s second feature after The Babadook wants to evoke that response. Tracking an Irish convict (Aisling Franciosi) on a quest for revenge against the British soldier (Sam Claflin) who brutally took away everything she loved, and following her trek through Van Diemen’s Land with an Indigenous guide (Baykali Ganambarr), this isn’t meant to be an easy watch. Clawing through the misogyny, racism and oppression baked into Australia’s history, and the violence with which it has been dispensed, should leave a visceral impact. Making a different kind of horror movie, Kent uses every tool at her disposal to put viewers in her protagonists’ shoes, including a boxed-in 4:3 aspect ratio that stares at assault, death and more front-on. The results don’t just leave an imprint — they leave a scar.

20. The Nightingale

What we said: “A director does not win feminist points by cancelling out a sexist element in their film with an engineered “clapback”. The Nightingale is a refreshing, necessary reminder that sexual violence isn’t just a trendy topic that exists solely in the abstract, but is primarily something experienced which cannot be reduced to a film trope or easily prevented in real life.”

91. The Nightingale

Critics Consensus: The Nightingale definitely isn’t for all tastes, but writer-director Jennifer Kent taps into a rich vein of palpable rage to tell a war story that leaves a bruising impact.

NME – The best films of 2019

19. The Nightingale

Director: Jennifer Kent

If you’re feeling at all fragile, do not watch this movie. Perhaps the worst hangover film you could possibly choose, The Nightingale revolves around the most shocking sequence you’ll see on screen this year. Without spoiling what happens too much, rape, murder and infanticide all feature. Later, the victim of these crimes, a young Irish convict woman called Clare (Aisling Franciosi), treks across the 19th Century Tasmanian wilderness in pursuit of her tormentor – a British Army officer (Sam Claflin) with the meanest of mean streaks. Definitely the most divisive film on this list, The Nightingale won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but stick with it and there’s a gripping historical revenge thriller to be discovered.

Best moment: The scene where Hawkins (Claflin) takes his anger out on Clare isn’t enjoyable, but it’s certainly memorable. Some won’t be able to watch, but if you do, the images will be seared onto your brain for days afterwards. AF

Like this, try this: The Babadook, Revenge

The Sydney Morning Herald – The top 10 movies of 2019

03. The Nightingale

It’s little wonder people stormed out of The Nightingale: the first 20 minutes of Jennifer Kent’s colonial-era revenge tale are among the most harrowing you will ever see on screen, featuring degradation, rape and murder. Not that it’s exactly sunny after that, with Irish convict Clare (Aisling Franciosi) setting out to track the perpetrators of this violence with the aid of a reluctant Aboriginal tracker (Baykali Ganambarr). Set in 1825 Tasmania, this is an utterly unflinching look at white Australia’s origin story, in which dispossession, violence and class provide the parchment on which the myth of the lucky country is writ. Yes it’s hard to watch, but it’s the most honest and important Australian film in years – and a cracking thriller to boot. KQ

Houston Chronicle – The 13 Best Movies of 2019

13. The Nightingale

Australian director Jennifer Kent’s brutal story of revenge set in a 19th-century Tasmanian penal colony — in which a female Irish indentured servant and an Aboriginal man track down her English “owner” who killed both her husband and child and raped her — is not an easy watch, especially in its first half-hour. But Kent’s mastery of cinematic craft and storytelling (which she had showed off previously with “The Babadook”) doesn’t allow her to just wallow in gore. It doesn’t end as well as it starts but it’s still a gut-punch.

Joblo – Best Movies of 2019

16. The Nightingale

Much like Eggers coming off THE WITCH and into THE LIGHTHOUSE, a lot of eyes were on Jennifer Kent for her post-BABADOOK feature, THE NIGHTENGALE. Tackling a horror of a very different sort, her new movie is set in 1825 and centers on a young woman, Clare, (Aisling Franciosi) who is sexually assaulted and made to watch her husband and baby killed. Soon after, she picks herself back up and heads onto the road to hunt down the men who took away everything from her (Sam Claflin, Damon Herriman). Showing and addressing rape in the way Kent does is no easy maneuver, but unlike exploitation movies of the past, she doesn’t revel in the horror, but uses it as a springboard to tell a story of revenge and discovering what kind of person you really are after a tragedy occurs. Laced in is an examination of social and racial issues prevalent in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) at the time, with an Aboriginal man named “Billy” (Baykali Ganambarr) helping her track them down. Long, dour, violent, difficult to watch but emotionally rewarding in the end, THE NIGHTENGALE finds Kent pushing herself through challenging material that will no doubt put many at an unease they may never get over, but she comes out the other end an even more mature director. Fransciosi should also be in awards talk for her role, giving a powerhouse performance that puts her through unbelievable ringers. Ganambarr, Claflin, and Herriman are also great in the movie, which no doubt thanks to the subject matter didn’t even make $1 million by the end of its limited theatrical run, despite positive buzz out of Sundance. It’s a rough movie, to be sure, but by the end, the sheer emotional power of it rises well above the harder material.

ComingSoon – Top 10 Films of 2019

06. The Nightingale

The Babadook’s Jennifer Kent showed her versatility outside the horror genre with this weighty, unwavering story of revenge for a truly heinous crime in 19th century Tasmania. Aisling Franciosi is riveting in the lead role and Sam Claflin dares to be truly repugnant, but it’s Baykali Ganambarr as Aboriginal tracker Billy who is the heart of the film.

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2019 Critics Poll: The Best Films and Performances according to 304 film critics from around the world

Rankings were determined from percentages based on how highly critics ranked films and performances on their individual lists.



  • 15. Aisling Franciosi, “The Nightingale”


The Nightingale is one of the top 50 films of the year.

  • 36. “The Nightingale”
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All nominations and awards for The Nightingale and Aisling on the critics circuit.


DFCS – Detroit Film Critics Society – Nominated


  • Aisling Franciosi, Actress (The Nightingale)

Chicago Critics Film – WINNER


  • Aisling Franciosi, The Nightingale-WINNER



  • The Nightingale (Jennifer Kent)

BEST WOMAN STORYTELLER [Screenwriting Award]

  • Jennifer Kent (The Nightingale)


  • Aisling Franciosi (The Nightingale)

ADRIENNE SHELLY AWARD: For a film that most passionately opposes violence against women

  • The Nightingale (dir. Jennifer Kent)-WINNER

KAREN MORLEY AWARD: For best exemplifying a woman’s place in history or society, and a courageous search for identity

  • The Nightingale (dir. Jennifer Kent)

The 2019 Indiana Film Journalists Association (IFJA) – Nominated


  • Jennifer Kent, The Nightingale


  • Aisling Franciosi, The Nightingale


  • Sam Claflin, The Nightingale
  • Baykali Ganambarr, The Nightingale


  • Aisling FranciosiThe Nightingale (actress)

The Dublin Film Critics Circle 2019 awards – Winner

Aisling Franciosi, The Nightingale

As new nominations and awards are announced this post will be updated.

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One of the most traditional critics organizations the National Board of Review has released its annual list of best films and The Nightingale is in the ‘10 Best Independent Films of the Year’ category.
Top 10 Independent Films
“The Farewell”
“Give Me Liberty”
“A Hidden Life”
“The Last Black Man in San Francisco”
“The Nightingale”
“The Peanut Butter Falcon”
“The Souvenir”
“Wild Rose”
Winners will be recognized at a gala on January 8, 2020 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York, hosted by Willie Geist.
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Aisling Franciosi’s star continues to rise after the actress claimed a massive win at the Australian Academy Awards for her role as a blood-thirsty Irish convict.

On what was a glitzy affair at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards ceremony (AACTA) in Sydney, the Dubliner took home the prized Best Actress gong for her role in the Tasmanian revenge film The Nightingale.

Taking to social media after the incredible win, the 28-year-old said she ‘couldn’t be prouder’ of the production team behind her.

Playing an Irish convict opposite Sam Claflin, Franciosi is involved in some harrowing scenes as her character chases down a British officer in the Tasmanian wilderness.

She has admitted that certain scenes were difficult to pull back from between takes.

‘The material was really, really sensitive and very difficult,’ she told RTE.

‘I was just surprised at, and thankfully I had Sam to help me through it, how difficult I found it to maintain my composure in between takes on certain brutal scenes.

‘That was something I never had to grapple with before. I definitely was a little bit shocked at how difficult I found it to disengage from it [filming].’

The Jennifer Kent directed period movie, which follows a young Irish convict as she seeks to exact revenge in the 1800s, was also a big winner in its own right at the AACTA.

In all, The Nightingale nabbed awards for Best Picture, screenwriting, directing, casting and a Best Supporting Actress prize for Magnolia Maymuru.

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The Nightingale dominated the Australian Academy of Motion Picture and Television (AACTA) annual awards at a ceremony in Sydney on Wednesday, (December 03).

The Nightingale won in six categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Lead Actress, the latter for Aisling who unfortunately could not attend the awards but she made a video with her speech. See all the winning categories below and below the award videos.

  • Best PictureThe Nightingale
  • Best DirectorJennifer Kent
  • Best ScreenplayJennifer Kent  – The Nightingale
  • Best Lead ActressAisling Franciosi – The Nightingale
  • Best Supporting ActressMagnolia Maymuru – The Nightingale
  • Best Casting Nikki Barrett – The Nightingale

Aisling Franciosi wins Best Lead Actress | 2019 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel
Jennifer Kent wins Best Direction for THE NIGHTINGALE | 2019 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel
THE NIGHTINGALE wins Best Screenplay | 2019 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel
THE NIGHTINGALE wins Best Film | 2019 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel
Exclusive Peek back stage with the Winners of The Nightingale AACTAs 2019

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‘The Nightingale’ has recently hit British theaters and below you’ll find a compilation of what British critics are saying.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Times

“Aisling Franciosi is astounding”

“It’s serious film-making, worthy of attention”

⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Guardian

“Fiercely committed performances of Aisling Franciosi in the lead and of the indigenous Australian actor Baykali Ganambarr”

“The intelligence of Kent’s direction and the humanity she reveals in both Clare and Billy give the film its arrowhead of power”

⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Independent

“Franciosi’s ability to transform from a warm, loving woman into a hollow shell is remarkable”

“A brutal, unflinching look at colonialism’s darkest impulses”

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Flickering Myth

“Francoisi, anchors the film, offering a harrowing performance that in any just world would’ve been met with Oscar buzz – it’s the dramatic equivalent of further tearing an already open wound, pain writ large across the screen”

“The Nightingale remains a challenging, deliberately difficult piece of art”

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Empire

“Franciosi gives a tough, deeply vulnerable performance that can’t have been much fun to film. But she’s superb, and immediately compelling in a complex role”

“You can’t deny the profound power of this kind of filmmaking”

“Ganambarr, is extraordinary, in a performance that manages to be both darkly funny and flooringly heartbreaking”

“Not for the faint-hearted — and even the tough-hearted might struggle in a few places. But this uncompromising, unflinching meditation on violence should be seen as widely as possible.”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Time Out

“The Nightingale’ isn’t a ghost story, but its characters are deeply haunted. This is a world gone wrong, where innocent settlers are slaughtered in their sleep, genocide is a casual trigger-pull, and death means a dozen stabs in the chest followed by a dozen blows to the face. But, remarkably, against all odds, the film is not without hope. Throughout all the persecution and trauma, there’s resilience and the promise of a new dawn”

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Radio Times

“Franciosi is a revelation as Clare, her cherubic features belying a transformation into a veritable Tasmanian she-devil”

“it’s beautifully composed and the relationship between the damaged duo is movingly teased out”

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Evening Standard

“Outback trauma – then sweet revenge”

“The most shocking thing about this shocking film? When it was over, I felt like I’d been released from a warm hug. Kent’s yummily disturbing debut The Babadook was a love story between a single mum and her “problem” child. This is a love story too.”

The Mirror

“Aisling Franciosi delivering a heartbreaking performance”

“The Nightingale is a brutal and haunting watch that will stay long in your memory even after the credits stop rolling in its dark examination of colonial evil”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Critical Popcorn

“Beautiful, lyrical film that’s also brutal and visceral”.

“Aisling perfomance is “breathtaking” while Baykali Ganambarr is a “revalation”.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  Little White Lies

“A fearless, breathtaking masterpiece”

“A refreshing, necessary reminder that sexual violence isn’t just a trendy topic that exists solely in the abstract”

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Irish Times

“This is an extraordinary film, powered by political and historical fury”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ RTE Ireland

“Aisling Franciosi is unforgettable”

“Aisling Franciosi deliver a career-making performance”

“Franciosi’s brilliant work is matched by a cast-against-type Claflin, while newcomer Ganambarr’s portrayal of Indigenous suffering and power is simply stunning.”

“Kent’s work is near-perfect.”

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Female First

“Franciosi is a stellar actress, giving the performance of a lifetime from start to finish

The writing and high-class performances from every member of its cast, make it a must-see for anybody who’s a fan of a period drama, action and suspense