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Elder defends Nightingale

Tasmanian Aboriginal elder, Jim Everett, has joined the controversy over The Nightingale praising it as a sad story, but one that needs to be told. Although the Tasmanian-made movie opened to critical acclaim at the Venice Film Festival last year, it has caused an outcry among Australian audiences shocked by its raw brutality. The movie depicts life in Van Diemen’s Land and follows former Irish convict Clare, who sets out on a path of revenge against a British Officer, with the help of aboriginal trekker – Billy. According to Everett The Nightingale is an accurate depiction of a dark chapter in our past: “The story is a hard one, and a lot of people, maybe even aboriginal people, are not going to be too comfortable watching it… this is what happened in our history.”

20 June 2019, Edition 206

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