Why The Nightingale Should Be Taught In Schools

Sitting in stunned silence as the credits role to close The Nightingale, I feel my 20 years of schooling may have missed a beat.

Punishing scenes of colonial-era gang rape, infanticide, and deliberate brutality towards Indigenous people have caused audiences to leave theatres. Director Jennifer Kent committed to telling the grim truth about Australia’s history and it is peak uncomfortable viewing. But it is important viewing.