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An Italian journalist who called Australian writer-director Jennifer Kent a "whore" as her name appeared in the credits at the end of the screening of her film at the Venice Film Festival has had his accreditation revoked. The Nightingale, which was well-received, is the only film directed by a woman competing at the Venice Film Festival. Kent addressed the incident during the film's press conference, saying that "it's of absolute importance to react with compassion and love for ignorance.
There is no other option. Love, compassion, kindness are our lifeline, and if we don't utilise them, we will all go down the plughole. It's important we move towards gender parity.
Cinema's job is to reflect the world, and if we only reflect 50 per cent of the world, then it's not doing its job.
It's a very serious issue," Kent said. She added: "There are other filmmakers that are under-represented: indigenous filmmakers, filmmakers of colour, filmmakers from developing countries, filmmakers who don't identify as cisgender men or women.
We still have a lot of way to go. Set in s Tasmania, The Nightingale follows Game of Thrones actress Aisling Franciosi as Clare, a young Irish convict, as she chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. The Italian journalist who insulted Kent on Wednesday night issued an apology, which was translated and posted on Twitter by a fellow journalist.