Archive of films Nightingale / Nightingale

2014, 83 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2015

A war veteran with a trivial job and an even more trivial life begins to unravel in his house as he succumbs increasingly to his psychological woes. Director Elliott Lester stages this study of advancing madness as a minimalist solo performance by well-known British actor David Oyelowo.


Peter has lived through war, but the best he can do now is to package eggs at the supermarket. On top of it all, his boss yells at him for being a few minutes late. At home, he has to contend with his strict mother, who forbids him from having guests over. We learn all this largely from the protagonist’s articulate monologues, as he speaks either into a computer or on the telephone, or into the emptiness of his room. In the end, Peter manages to get rid of his mother, but when he invites his friend Edward over for dinner he runs up against negative vibes from Edward’s wife. What’s more, Peter must now deal with worried phone calls from his mother’s friends. In the HBO-produced Nightingale, director Elliot Lester and actor David Oyelowo opted for a challenging approach reminiscent of theatre that emphasizes the main character’s claustrophobic state of mind. Oyelowo, who excelled in the Oscar-winning Selma (2014), gives a masterful performance that earned him accolades from American television critics, who awarded him their Critics’ Choice Award.

Šimon Šafránek

About the director

Elliott Lester

Elliott Lester (London) started out directing music videos and television commercials, for which he won several prestigious awards including a Cannes Lion. He debuted in 2006 with his drama Love Is the Drug (which premiered at Slamdance) about a group of high-school graduates who experiment with anything and everything. His next film was the action thriller Blitz (2011), starring Jason Statham as a hard-nosed British copper who teams up with an unpopular colleague in search of a cop-killer. In 2014, Lester worked on the television series “Chop Shop.”


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About the film

Color, HD CAM
European premiere

Section: Another View
Director: Elliott Lester
Screenplay: Frederick Mensch
Dir. of Photography: Pieter Vermeer
Music: Mark D. Todd
Editor: Nicholas Wayman-Harris
Art Director: Mark Blatchford, Scott Falconer, Caitlin Reilly
Producer: Josh Weinstock, Katrina Wolfe, Elliott Lester, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner
Production: HBO Films
Coproduction: Plan B Entertainment, BN Films
Cast: David Oyelowo, Barlow Jacobs, Heather Storm
Sales: HBO Entertainment
Contact: HBO Europe


Ondřej Zach

Film Institution Rep., Producer

Tereza Polachová



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