The movie Nightingale 2018 directed by Jennifer Kent has caused controversy because it shows rape and murder scenes. The Nightingale stars Baykali Ganambarr as the original tracker who guides Franciosi’s character through the Tasmanian bush, as he seeks revenge against an English officer, played by Sam Claflin.
Clare Carroll worked as a steward for a British army unit led by Lieutenant Hawkins and Sergeant Ruse. The group was visited by the commander to see if Hawkins was suitable to be promoted to captain. Clare asked Hawkins about the letter of recommendation that had passed that would allow their family to Aidan her husband and their baby children’s freedom. Hawkins considers this act of humiliation to start attacking him.
Aidan suspects Clare is injured but promises to remain calm when she is about to face Hawkins. Aidan got into a fight with wide-eyed Ruse, Hawkins, and Private Jago. The commander witnessed the incident and determined this along with an impromptu trip through a dangerous bush to Launceston City, securing his promotion. Before leaving the army intercepted Clare’s family trying to escape.
Hawkins taunts Aidan about Clare, Hawkins kills Aiden and Jago kills their baby, knocking Clare unknowingly. Clare reported the incident to a dubious RMP official the next day, and he decided to take revenge through Billy’s Aboriginal tracker. Claire gives a guess to Billy; she wants to meet her soldier husband on his journey. Billy tells Clare his real name is Mangala, and he wants to go north to reunite with the surviving female members.
Officers recruited three inmates and Aboriginal Charlie. Hawkins likes a convict, a boy named Eddie, and Ruse kidnaps a Lowanna woman to be a sexual slave. Aboriginal people kill one of the convicts wounding Jago on a rescue mission but prove unsuccessful because Hawkins dies Lowanna and he, Ruse, and the convicts then leave Jago. Billy and Clare find Jago and Clare repeatedly cornering, stabbing and beating him to death.
Billy considers leaving the desperate Clare, but after knowing the real desire to take revenge against the soldier, he decides to stay. Charlie diverted the soldiers’ journey to a dead-end at the top of the mountain. Ruse killed him, but Hawkins punished the decision and forced Ruse to be their guide on the way back.
Billy and Clare find Charlie’s body, Billy does a burial ceremony telling Clare, he now also wants revenge. The two approached group 4, but Clare froze when he saw Hawkins, allowing him to shoot and forcing Clare and Billy to separate. Billy was found compelled to become a new guide. The soldier was taken back to the main road to Launceston, and Hawkins ordered Eddie to kill Billy.
Eddie hesitated, let Billy escape, Hawkins tried to leave Eddie, but Eddie begged for a second chance, Hawkins killed him. Clare finds her way back to the main road and reunites with Billy. They meet Aboriginal hordes, one of whom tells Billy that he is the last of his people.
In Launceston, Claire faces newly promoted Hawkins about her war crimes before British officers as Billy oversees her hiding. The two then escape from the city to spend the night, but Billy paints the war, enters the Hawkins dormitory, and Ruse stays overnight, killing them both. Billy and Claire escape from the commotion and arrive at the beach where Billy dances declare himself free when Claire sings a eulogistic Gaelic folk song, both watching the sunrise.