By Travis Johnson

First time writer and director Priscilla Harmon’s The Butterfly Tree has begun filming in South East Queensland.

Starring Melissa George (Heartbeat, The Slap), Ewen Leslie (Top of the Lake, The Daughter), Ed Oxenbould (Paper Planes, Puberty Blues) and Sophie Lowe (The Beautiful Lie, The Returned), the film charts a love triangle between a vivacious ex-burlesque dancer and a father and son who are shocked to discover they are competing for the same woman.

The film will bring a large injection of funds into the state’s industry, as well as opportunities for local film practitioners. Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira said, “We are excited to see cameras rolling on The Butterfly Tree and congratulate Priscilla and Bridget for their original story going into production. The Butterfly Tree will spend over $1.2 million in our state and has four attachments in the directing, art, camera and production departments, giving Queensland-based early career practitioners the on-set experience they need to develop their skills and contribute to the long-term viability of our industry. SQ has been a passionate supporter of this project, investing in its development and production, and has backed Priscilla Cameron in growing her career as a writer-director.  It is such a thrill to see talented creatives such as Priscilla making their debut feature film as this is not only an achievement for the individual but also a win for the growth and cultural footprint of our local industry.”

The Butterfly Tree will debut at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2017, one of six Premiere Fund films to do so.  MIFF Premiere Fund Executive Producer Mark Woods noted, “I clearly remember some years ago reading an early draft of this distinctive script which, delightfully, has developed into a fine, warm and moving quality project with something to say.” Previous Premiere Fund  recipients have included 100 Bloody Acres, Paper Planes, Not Quite Hollywood, The Turning and Autoluminescent: Rowland S Howard.

Following it’s MIFF debut, The Butterfly Tree will be distributed via Vendetta Films.

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