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The movie, which was the director’s feature debut, just won best narrative feature at the Austin Film Festival. “Boys in Trees” — set on Halloween night in 1997 — stars Toby Wallace and Gulliver McGrath as two former friends who reconnect and go on a surreal, horrific journey descending into their memories and fears.
The Australian native came onto the scene after his short film “The Last Time I Saw Richard” won an Australian Academy Award, in addition to being honored by France’s Académie des César. He has directed several TV series in Australia, including episodes of “Nowhere Boys” for Matchbox Pictures/NBC Universal.
Verso is currently developing an original TV series for See-Saw Films and Joanna Werner Productions. He was also awarded »
- Dave McNary
Australian born director and screenwriter Nicholas Verso has signed with Echo Lake Entertainment. His recent directorial debut feature Boys In The Trees screened at this year's Venice and Toronto Film Festival and won Best Narrative Feature at the Austin Film Festival. The coming-of-age film, which recently opened in Australian theaters, is set on Halloween night in 1997 and stars Toby Wallace and Gulliver McGrath as two former friends who reconnect and go on a surreal… »
“Nicholas Verso has made a stylish, smart and frightening film which perfectly captures the feat that lurks in our imagination,” said Myriad president Kirk D’Amico. “We are very proud to be able to bring this extraordinary film to international distributors.”
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Nicholas Verso.s Boys in the Trees has won the award for Best Narrative Feature at the Austin Film Festival. "I first attended the Austin Film Festival back in 2013 to attend the Writers Conference clutching my own script, desperately wanting to turn it into a film,. said Verso on accepting the award. .So it was incredibly exciting to return to Austin, not just for the Us premiere but to also receive this award.. Being acknowledged among their industry greats and emerging talents that have given me so much inspiration is truly an honour. .I especially wanted to thank John August and Craig Mazin at Scriptnotes for their wise tips and wisecracks at my accent as well as Rick Dugdale and Dan Petrie Jnr at Enderby Entertainment for their ongoing support and introducing me to this festival.. . The film.s producer, Mushroom Pictures. John Molloy said the »
- Staff Writer
We’ve all lost friends whether from naturally parting ways or an avoidable blow-up proving petty in hindsight. Age advances and tastes evolve — we don’t often think much of the phenomenon because they find peers more attuned to who they’ve become just like you. But sometimes the severed relationship carries with it pangs of guilt. Maybe the fracture was triggered by lame excuses like the concept of survival of the fittest, you joining your oppressors in order to stop being oppressed. Perhaps you cut loose the person you once said you’d do anything for in a way that transforms them into your enemy. And as graduation approaches with a clean break from the immaturity you’ve grown to resent, that guilt eats away at your conscience in search of relief.
This is the state in which we meet Corey (Toby Wallace) on Halloween 1997. His crossroads between present »
- Jared Mobarak
While Toronto does not have an official market like Cannes and Berlin, industry execs use the Canadian festival to introduce new films to the global indie market that are not screening in the festival. Of course, many titles, including those in the Gala section, are looking for U.S. distribution as well.
Director: Marc Forster
Logline: A blind woman and her loving husband seem to have the perfect relationship, until she gets an operation that enables her to see. (Tiff Special Presentation)
Sales: Wme (U.S.); Sierra Affinity (international)
Director: Philippe Falardeau
- Variety Staff
Adolescence is a time when friendships are especially malleable. People grow apart quickly, they develop and mature at different rates, and sometimes your best friend can become your worst enemy in just a few short years. Australian director Nicholas Verso’s debut film innately understands this idea. “Boys in the Trees” follows two former friends who meet up and trek together one Halloween night. They soon descend into old nightmares and relive past traumas.
Corey (Toby Wallace) and Jonah (Gulliver McGrath) were friends when they were little, but then they soon grew apart. Jonah became a pariah and Corey joined a bullying skater gang who torment Jonah constantly. On Halloween night 1997, Corey encounters Jonah and, feeling guilty about the near-constant harassment, agrees to walk him back to house. What »
- Vikram Murthi
Tiff's Discovery program is where first and second time feature directors from around the world can strut their stuff.
.Toronto audiences first found Christopher Nolan, Lynne Ramsay and Steve McQueen in our Discovery section,. said the Artistic Director of Tiff, Cameron Bailey. .We can't wait to introduce a new generation of vibrant, original voices in cinema..
Joe Cinque.s Consolation, which.Titan View will release in cinemas across Australia on October 13, comes to Tiff after premiering at this month's Melbourne International Film Festival.
Based on Helen Garner's book about the headline-grabbing 1997 murder case, the drama chronicles how the romantic relationship between two Australian law students turns deadly.
The film's selection marks Dounoukos. return to the festival. In 2014, he was »
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