PRESS RELEASE: LevelK Grabs The Butterfly Tree with Melissa George Ahead of TIFF
International sales outfit LevelK has picked up world sales rights to writer-director Priscilla Cameron’s first feature film The Butterfly Tree, toplining Golden Globe nominee Melissa George (The Slap, Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Wife) and Ewen Leslie (Top Of The Lake, The Railway Man) in the run-up to TIFF, where it will be celebrating its international premiere as part of the Discovery program.
The heart-warming and visually stunning drama stars Melissa George as Evelyn, a radiant burlesque queen turned florist who bewitches single dad Al and his teenage son, Fin with her zest for life. When father and son discover they are competing for the affections of the same woman, old wounds are reopened over the death of Fin’s mother. Through the vivacious Evelyn, Fin learns the power of forgiveness and relinquishes his goddess in return for a family.
The Butterfly Tree was one of the final 10 feature projects to be selected for the 2014 Berlinale Project Talent Market out of 4167 entrants from 79 countries. It was developed through the prestigious Binger International Film Lab after Cameron was selected for the intensive six-month residential director’s program. Her previous short films have won awards, screened in numerous festivals and have been sold all over the world.
The film is produced by Bridget Callow-Wright for Midwinter Films. Alongside Melissa George and Ewen Leslie, the film stars Ed Oxenbould (Wildlife, The Visit, Safe Neighbourhood, Paper Planes, Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) and Sophie Lowe (Beautiful Kate, 2009). It was financed by Screen Queensland, Cowlick Entertainment Group, MIFF Premiere Fund, Film Victoria, The Post Lounge and Vendetta Productions.
Domestic release is set for October 2017 by Vendetta Films.
Published in Variety on August 23rd 2017. Read their Exclusive here