HBO has released the first teaser trailer for its newest high-profile limited series, “I Know This Much Is True.” starring Mark Ruffalo. The six-episode series boasts a stellar cast that includes Kathryn Hahn, Melissa Leo, Juliette Lewis, Archie Punjabi, Imogen Poots, and Rosie O’Donnell.
Aisling plays the young version of Kathryn Hahn’s character, Dessa Constantine.
The series is based on the bestselling novel by Wally Lamb, and was adapted for the screen by Derek Cianfrance (“Blue Valentine,” “The Place Beyond the Pines”) and Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Love & Basketball,” “Beyond the Lights”). Cianfrance directs all six episodes as well. HBO will premiere “I Know This Much Is True” on April 27.
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.
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 Picture – The Nightingale
Best Director – Jennifer Kent
Best Screenplay – Jennifer Kent – The Nightingale
Best Lead Actress – Aisling Franciosi – The Nightingale
Best Supporting Actress – Magnolia 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
The star of Jennifer Kent’s new thriller The Nightingale has responded to moviegoers who walked out during a screening of the film at the Australian premiere earlier this year.
Rape (the second instance in the first 30 minutes), murder and infanticide all feature in a shocking sequence which caused numerous audience members to leave the cinema in protest. According to IndieWire, one person could be heard shouting: “She’s already been raped, we don’t need to see it again.”
Now, during an exclusive interview with NME, Aisling Franciosi has given her opinion on why the scene could prove too much for some.
“I think there are a lot of different reasons for why people leave,” she said. “First of all, that [incident] was misreported. At festivals there are always walkouts for a million different reasons. But look, there are some people for whom this film is just too confronting, and to use the modern term, it’s triggering for some people and that’s fine.
“This film isn’t an endurance test, it has its message and I think if you get to the end of it you see what that is.”
Franciosi went on to detail the emotional response she’s received from rape survivors who have watched The Nightingale. “What I love about our film, and films in general is, that it’s never going to have the same impact on everybody,” she said. “We’ve had victims of abuse, for example, who found it too much and had to leave and that is absolutely fine.
“But then we also had victims who came up to us… I had a woman after a screening in LA who said, ‘as a victim of sexual abuse, I feel understood after watching this film.’ And that’s just massive, so it’s always gonna have a different effect on different people and I would never judge anyone for finding it too much.”
However, Franciosi, known for playing Lyanna Stark in Game Of Thrones, also urged cinemagoers to “try and make it through the rest of the film” as there is “an emotional payoff and a very important message” to be discerned by its end.
Later in the same interview, Franciosi and her co-star Sam Claflin (Peaky Blinders) revealed how they reacted upon reading the script – penned by The Babadook director Jennifer Kent – for the first time.
“I found it incredibly upsetting,” said Claflin. “This was the first script that I read after becoming a new father for the first time… After that scene I was like, ‘this is a moment where I either put the script down…’ but I think there’s something about the truth of that moment that I found incredibly compelling and I don’t know why. I was almost fascinated by these people and the world that was created and I continued reading.”
Franciosi also found the script hard to read and admitted she had to “take a bit of a breather” before finishing the 19th Century Tasmania-set revenge thriller.
“Jennifer [Kent]’s writing is so intelligent,” she added. “Unfortunately, these are the realities of what happened then. It’s not something she’s just put in there for the hell of it.”
Set in 1825, Clare (Aisling Franciosi), a young Irish convict woman, chases British officer Lieutenant Hawkins (Sam Claflin) through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family.
Rising Irish-Italian star discusses her role in Jennifer Kent’s brutal period thriller The Nightingale.
At a time when violence in film is supposed to thrill, entertain and titillate audiences, Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale will shake even the most desensitised viewer. Set in 18th-century Tasmania during British colonial rule, Kent’s brutally authentic film is about Clare, a young Irish convict played by Aisling Franciosi. After suffering violence, rapes and the unimaginable loss of her family at the hands of British officers, Clare begrudgingly befriends the Aboriginal tracker, Billy (Baykali Ganambarr), and their two histories of trauma become one path in the demand for justice.
‘There was something really special about the script that made me want to fight to the death to get the role,’ recalls Franciosi. In fact, she wanted the role so badly, she started her research before even landing the job.
‘I was shocked at how systematic it was,‘ says Franciosi.‘Yes, convicts were sent there for real crimes, but a lot of people were sent over for petty things, like stealing food. [Britain] sent their most hardened criminals to Tasmania. At one point the ratio of men to women was nine to one so they started sending women there, basically to populate the colony. You can imagine how horrific it was to be a woman.’
In The Nightingale, we don’t have to imagine. The film is relentless with showing us the evil that was done to female convicts and the Aboriginal population. ‘Rape is an action of horrific violence, domination and destruction,’ says Franciosi. ‘It goes hand-in-hand with war. In the film, we wanted to emphasis that it wasn’t a body assault was being done to, but a human being.’ To accomplish this, Kent was specific about how to shoot the rape scenes: no skin, no pleasure; instead the camera focuses on faces, Clare’s in particular.
While preparing for her role, Franciosi met with survivors of assault to aid the authenticity of her performance, something that was ‘sobering and upsetting’. It also gave her the responsibility to represent that experience accurately. ‘After screenings, people have come up and said thank you for sharing what rape is like and what PTSD is like. A woman came up to me and said that as a victim of sexual violence she felt understood watching The Nightingale. That was really powerful.’
Franciosi is aware that for some, the violence will be too much, but she hopes The Nightingale will allow its audience to confront the brutality of history. ‘We didn’t want the audience to have the chance to look away,’ she explains. ‘I think a lot of TV and film allows you to disengage and distance yourself. I think it was important that we make the audience face it.’
While it’s easy to get wrapped up in the violence, The Nightingale is also full of beautiful moments between Clare and Billy as they come to understand that they are both victims of systematic oppression. ‘By treating her with basic human respect and teaching her empathy over cyclical violent, Billy saves Clare from almost destroying herself,’ says Franciosi. That’s what she’s taking away from the film, alongside learning just how deeply the resilience of women runs.
‘So many women had to endure horrific circumstances. Clare’s protecting her hub of a normal life and her future, her child and her husband. She’s enduring horrific abuse, just to cling to the hope of something better and protect her family. If that’s not strength I don’t know what the hell is.’
Aisling Franciosi is an Irish-Italian actress, known for The Fall (2013), Game of Thrones (2011) and The Nightingale (2019). She was born in Dublin in 1991, moved with her family to Italy soon after, and returned to Ireland 4 years later with her mother. She attended acting classes as a child and attended Trinity College Dublin, where she majored in French and Spanish. In 2018, she moved to New York.
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