9 September, 2016
Dir/scr. Nicholas Verso. Australia, 2016, 112 mins.
Following closely in the footsteps of fellow Australian coming-of-age film Girl Asleep, writer/director Nicholas Verso’s evocative feature debut conjures a distinctive teen tale that flits between suburban adolescent hijinks and something more hallucinatory. Boys in the Trees demonstrates an increasing willingness to experiment with genre boundaries and different ways to tell familiar narratives.
Working with cinematographer Marden Dean and acting as his own editor, Verso showcases a command of style
Set for release in Australia in late October to capitalise on its Hallowe’en theme, Verso’s melancholic, supernaturally-infused horror could also garner modest interest and festival play in international markets.