/News 25.07.19



Following great success at the 2018 Venice Film Festival receiving the Special Jury Prize, Director Jennifer Kent’s powerful new film The Nightingale is set for cinema release from August 2 in the US.

Teaming up again with Producer Kristina Ceyton and also bringing into the fold Producer Bruna Papandrea, this is Kent’s follow up project to The Babadook (2014). Set in Australia during the colonisation of the country it follows Clare, a young Irish convict who chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for terrible acts of violence he committed against her family. She enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past. The complicated relationship they cultivate is fascinating and moving and is just another multi-faceted layer in this well-crafted film.

The team at KOJO completed post-production and VFX on the film after establishing an excellent working partnership with Jennifer and DP Radek Ladczuk. The KOJO team were involved from early pre-production, supporting the logistical challenges of shooting in the Tasmanian wilderness through to bringing 1825 Launceston to the screen. KOJO provided services for data management, editorial, sound, VFX, DI and delivery.

“I was fortunate enough to work on The Nightingale as the VFX Supervisor and also as the DI colourist. This proved invaluable for the film creatively and technically as we worked to integrate photo real VFX work with the colour palette Jennifer created for 1825 Tasmania.”

KOJO executive director of post & VFX Marty Pepper.

“Combined with the academy ratio format we pulled all the ingredients together to heighten the emotion and ensure the film was as powerful as it could be for the audience.”

The Nightingale is an uncompromising, emotive and at times difficult to watch film that has won praise with audiences and critics around the world while also providing debate over its confronting content and storyline. It releases in Australian cinemas 29 August 2019.

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