The But­ter­fly Tree to de­but

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Chloe Fraser

Aus­tralian pro­ducer Bridget Cal­low-Wright will visit the re­gion next month to de­but the Queens­land-shot fea­ture film The But­ter­fly Tree at the Cine­festOZ film fes­ti­val.

The movie will have its WA pre­miere at the Mar­garet River Cul­tural Cen­tre dur­ing the Au­gust fes­ti­val.

The But­ter­fly Tree tells the story of Eve­lyn, an ex-bur­lesque queen, who be­witches sin­gle fa­ther Al and his teenage son Fin with her zest for life.

Through­out the film, both men learn the power of self­less love when they dis­cover they are com­pet­ing for the af­fec­tions of the same woman.

Join­ing forces with Aus­tralian writer and di­rec­tor Priscilla Cameron, Cal­low-Wright said the film fea­tured a strong col­lab­o­ra­tion of tal­ent.

“It’s Priscilla’s de­but fea­ture film, so I’m re­ally ex­cited about its pre­miere,” she said.

“It’s such an amaz­ing show­case of Aus­tralian tal­ent. We’ve had such a strong col­lab­o­ra­tion work­ing with us and the ac­tors who have got on board have taken an ex­tra leap of faith work­ing with a first-time di­rec­tor.”

The film, which stars Melissa Ge­orge, Ewen Les­lie, Ed Ox­en­bould and So­phie Lowe, will also be shown as part of Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val next month.

The pro­ducer said her first in­ter­ac­tion with Cameron was at a com­mer­cial pro­duc­tion com­pany in Syd­ney. “When I left to pro­duce my first fea­ture film, we started talk­ing about (Cameron’s) work so I’m re­ally ex­cited about The But­ter­fly Tree and about launch­ing a new fe­male di­rec­tor into the world,” she said

Cal­low-Wright said while she fo­cused ex­clu­sively on drama, she had pre­vi­ously worked on doc­u­men­taries and en­joyed the cre­ative chal­lenge of both.

“I’m a fairly hands-on pro­ducer, from help­ing with the first con­cepts right through to mar­ket­ing dis­tri­bu­tion,” she said.

“I closely col­lab­o­rate with ac­tors be­cause I think films are like chil­dren some­times — they stay with you for a very long time.” Cal­low-Wright said she was look­ing for­ward to at­tend­ing Cine­festOZ for the first time and con­nect­ing with WA au­di­ences.

“It’s a very rare treat to be able to do ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sions with au­di­ences,” she said. The full Cine­festOZ pro­gram will be re­leased on July 28.

Queens­land-shot fea­ture film The But­ter­fly Tree, star­ring Perth-raised ac­tor Melissa Ge­orge, will pre­miere at Cine­festOZ next month.

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