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BOYS IN THE TREES

Boys in the Trees is Stand By Me reimagined by Joe Dante and Stanley Kubrick.

LARRY RICHMAN / VP PALM SPRINGS FILM FESTIVAL

A film by Nicholas Verso

It’s Halloween 1997 - the last night of high school for Corey, Jango and their skater gang, The Gromits. Childhood is over and adult life beckons. But for Corey, his past has some unfinished business. When he encounters Jonah, a former childhood friend but now victimised by Jango’s cruel streak, Corey takes pity on him and agrees to walk him home for old time’s sake.

What starts off as a normal walk through empty suburban streets descends into something darker and magical as they tell each other ghost stories, drawing upon their fears of the world around them. As they walk through their memories and ghosts of the past, Corey is surprised to discover how much he still has in common with his abandoned friend.

But on the night of the grave’s delight, even the most buried truths will find a way of coming to life.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM

Who is saying what about the film?

Giacomo Cosua at la Repubblica

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This film will be a good springboard for the director, because (no exaggeration) there is aftertaste of Spielberg.

Jared Mobarak at The Film Stage

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Amidst the rousing soundtrack of 90s rock recalling my own high school experience is a devastating message about childhood anger, ego, depression, and desire.

Sarah Ward at Screen Daily

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Contrasting colour and darkness, he leaves an un-nerving imprint and his music video-like sections also make an impact

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THE CAST

Incredible young Australian talent.

Boys In The Trees by Nicholas Verso is brought to life by the vast talent of a group of brilliant young Australian actors.

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ROMANY

by Mitzi Ruhlmann

Mitzi made her television debut when she joined the cast of the popular Australian series Home and Away, playing the role of ‘Rabbit’. She then followed up with roles in ABC drama series Hiding, ABC's The Code, in which she appeared opposite Lucy Lawless, Foxtel’sSLiDE and the International Emmy-nominated series Dance Academy.

In 2012, Mitzi starred in the critically acclaimed short film Yardbird, which was nominated for the Palme D’Or for Best Short Film at the Cannes Film Festival and the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlin International Film Festival.

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COREY

by Toby Wallace

Film credits include the adaptation of Tim Winton’s book The Turning (Cockleshell, directed by Tony Ayres), feature films Galore from director Rhys Graham. Return to Nim’s Island opposite Bindi Irwin, and his professional debut in Kriv Stenders’ Lucky Country(aka Dark Frontier).

His professional stage debut was in Opera Australia’s Capuletti. Other credits include the young Michael Hutchence in the INXS miniseries Never Tear Us Apart, Surviving Georgia, It’s A Date, The Man that Got Away, and short films including The Last Time I Saw Richard .

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JONAH

by Gulliver McGrath

Gulliver’s first role was playing alongside Sullivan Stapleton in the Australian crime series Rush. He also starred as the title character in the Melbourne Theatre Company's Poor Boy with Guy Pearce. He then spent several years in the UK where he won a role is Scorsese’s film Hugo.

He portrayed David Collins in Tim Burton’s 2012 feature film Dark Shadows. Following this, he portrayed Tad Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln(2012). In 2013, he played the teenage version of Jerry Hickfang (Ryan Reynolds) in The Voices.

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JANGO

by Justin Holborow

After attending a weekend course at NIDA, Justin found himself in the lead role in the 2011 NIDA Summer production of Robin Hood. This led to him landing the role of ‘Griff Curby’ in the series Conspiracy 365. In 2012 he accepted the role of Lisa McCune’s son, Jack Stewart in Reef Doctors. Later that same year, joined the cast of Neighbours as the wayward Harley Canning.

He also performed in the blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road. Justin has continued to work on many projects including his second feature film Body In The Yard and the television series Deep Water.

PRODUCER

John Molloy - Head Of Production Mushroom Pictures
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John previously worked with Nicholas on his award winning short film, The Last Time I Saw Richard. John is an Executive Producer of Killing Ground and was Co-Producer of the high profile Australian comedy BoyTown.

In television, John produced the two part miniseries Molly for Seven Network, arguably the highest rating drama in Australian television history, and was Executive Producer on Molly: The Real Thing documentary. He was also Executive Producer and Producer of Head First Series 1&2 for the ABC, Producer of The Nation for the Nine Network and Series Producer on John Safra.

FESTIVAL SHOWINGS

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WHERE CAN I
SEE IT?


Boys In The Trees has limited release in Australian cinemas.

Look out for Festival and FanForce screenings near you!

Lots of love and emotional response to Nick Verso's 'Boys In The Trees' for its layered, rich story of boyhood friendship. Don't miss it.

 

JANE SCHOETTLE PROGRAMMER   TIFF

Best family film of #TIIF16 so far. A teen must-see. Beautiful, magical, enchanting coming of age story.

 

LARRY RICHMAN VP   PALM SPRINGS FILM FESTIVAL

I dug this Aussie flick, themes of going for your dreams & friendship with spooky overtone #TIFF16

 

ALICIA MALONE BOSS LADY   GIRLS IN FILM
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