By Travis Johnson

Nicholas Verso’s coming-of-age psychological thriller, Boys in the Trees, has won Best Narrative Feature at the Austin Film Festival. The screening marked the film’s American premiere, and it was clearly well received by the audience and jury alike.

Verso, who is currently at the Festival, remarked, “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.  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.”


Set on Halloween 1997, the film stars Toby Wallace and Gulliver McGrath as two former friends who go on a surreal, often horrific journey into the terrors of adolescence in a dark take on the teen movie. It hits Australian cinemas this Thursday, October 20.

Producer John Molloy adds “We are thrilled to win this award for Best Narrative Feature at the Austin Film Festival which is such a cool and creative hub for international filmmakers. It is a wonderful endorsement of the film ahead of opening in cinemas in Australia this week.”



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