Premiers at MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival)
The Butterfly Tree will be premiering at The Melbourne International Film Festival next month, at The Forum Theatre, 9:15pm on August 11th. There is also a second screening on August 14th at 6:45pm.
Melissa George, Ewen Leslie and Ed Oxenbould will be in attendance alongside director Priscilla Cameron, Producer Bridget Callow-Wright and many of the key creatives for a post screening Q & A.
Melissa George returns to Australia to star alongside Ewen Leslie and Ed Oxenbould in a visually sumptuous coming-of-age tale of love and loss tinged with magical realism.
When 13-year-old Fin meets Evelyn, a florist with a penchant for 1940s fashion and a radiant appetite for life, he is drawn into her spellbinding world of plants and insects: it seems the perfect place to escape his ongoing grief over the death of his mother. But as Fin’s feelings for Evelyn bloom into a confusing mix of teenage desire and misplaced maternal love, it sets the stage for a showdown with his equally struggling father, Al – especially when it become clear that Al is also falling for Evelyn.
Working from her Australian Writers’ Guild award-winning script and with the support of the MIFF Premiere Fund, first-time filmmaker Priscilla Cameron crafts an intimate, slightly hyper-real story about the sometimes rocky path it takes to learn the true meaning of love, and its intricate connections with loss. Oxenbould shatters any lingering memories of the boy he was in 2014’s MIFF Premiere Fund-supported Paper Planes as he embraces a role of complex emotional flux, subtly underscored by Jason Hargreaves’ resplendently lush cinematography – The Butterfly Tree is a treat on the big screen.
“I just fell in love with [this] love story between a young boy trying to find himself and his father losing himself and both of them attracted to the same woman.” – Melissa George
Writer/Director: Priscilla Cameron
Executive Producer: Phil Bremner and Michael Wrenn
Producer: Bridget Callow
Co-Producer: Simon Callow-Wright
Editor: Rodrigo Ballart
Music by: Caitlin Yeo
Music mixed and recorded by: Wes Chew
Head Orchestrators: Caitlin Yeo and Jessica Wells