Gothic period thriller set in 1825 Tasmania follows young Irish convict Claire (Aisling Franciosi) as she pursues a British officer (Sam Claflin) through the wilderness with vengeance on her mind for an appalling act committed against her family. An Aboriginal tracker named Billy (Baykali Ganambarr) helps the chase, like Claire, scarred by his own trauma. Director Jennifer Kent's follow-up to stunning feature debut The Babadook. In competition at the Venice Film Festival 2018.
Winner of the Special Jury Prize (Kent) and the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress (Ganambarr), 2018 Venice Film Festival
2018Rating: MA15+, Strong sexual violence, violence, themes and coarse language136 minsAustralia
Harrowing in its many forms of violence and ambitious in its thematic reach, Jennifer Kent’s follow-up to The Babadook shows Australia’s colonial past as a frontier war. It’s an unforgettable film, but not without its flaws...
Both a canny fulfillment and a skillful subversion of the conventions of the revenge thriller, the picture becomes a touch overextended in its final stretches but is nonetheless sustained by the coherence and intense muscularity of its filmmaking.
Acclaimed filmmakers often face the challenge of big expectations on their second features, but Kent joins the ranks of sophomore filmmakers whose new movies expand on their debuts in startlingly ambitious ways.