Reviving Australian Comedy in film: Babyteeth’s world premiere at Venice Film Festival!

Eliza Scanlen (Sharp Objects, Little Women), Toby Wallace (Romper Stomper) and acclaimed Australian actors Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Animal Kingdom) and Essie Davis (Game of Thrones, The Babadook) have created magic in a touching romantic comedy of young love.  

Coming to Australian theatres in 2020, Babyteeth was unveilled to the world in official competition at the prestigious Venice Film Festival.    The trailer released locally today highlights a scarcity in the comedy area when it comes to Australian film and it’s a refreshing answer to that call. 

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Having previously directed television dramas including Offspring, Love Child and Sisters, director Shannon Murphy is one of only two female directors who have features in this year’s official competition.   

A warm-hearted and bittersweet comedy about love, loss and family, BABYTEETH was shot on location in and around Sydney, and the film is an adaptation of the successful Belvoir Theatre play by Rita Kalnejais.

BABYTEETH_1SHEET.pngWhat might have been a disaster for the Finlay family leads to letting go and finding grace in the glorious chaos of life.  When seriously ill teenager Milla (Eliza Scanlon – HBO’s Sharp Objects, the upcoming Little Women) falls madly in love with a smalltime drug dealer, Moses (Toby Wallace – Romper Stomper), it’s her protective parents’ (Ben Mendelsohn – Captain Marvel / Essie Davis – The Babadook) worst nightmare. Things get messy and morals go out the window as the lives of those around the family: a sensitive music teacher, a budding child violinist, a disarmingly honest pregnant neighbour become intertwined and Milla shows those in her orbit how to live like you have nothing to lose. In a story about life, grief and the chaos of family, Babyteeth joyously explores how far we will go for love and how good it is to be alive.  

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