Australian feature BABYTEETH has been unveiled with its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival overnight to glowing international reviews.
Variety has said: “The Venice competition gets a bracing blast of air from Shannon Murphy’s freshman feature, a dynamic, devastatingly curtailed coming-of-age dramady…that marks an arresting feature debut from…director Shannon Murphy”
IndieWire says: “Ben Mendelsohn, Eliza Scanlen, and “Babadook” star Essie Davis bring heartbreaking truth and realness to a film with shades of Jane Campion”
FirstShowing offers: “The film exceeds on numerous levels, from the performances and focused storytelling, to the song selection and uplifting vibe throughout. Murphy balances levity and genuine humanity with fresh filmmaking, delivering a smart film that is completely satisfying in every sense”
The Playlist: “Babyteeth is a gentle, affecting tearjerker from director Shannon Murphy”
Babyteeth will be released in Australian cinemas next year.
When seriously ill teenager Milla falls madly in love with smalltime drug dealer Moses, it’s her parents’ worst nightmare. But as Milla’s first brush with love brings her a new lust for life, things get messy and traditional morals go out the window. Milla soon shows everyone in her orbit – her parents, Moses, a sensitive music teacher, a budding child violinist, and a disarmingly honest, pregnant neighbour – how to live like you have nothing to lose. What might have been a disaster for the Finlay family instead leads to letting go and finding grace in the glorious chaos of life. Babyteeth joyously explores how good it is not to be dead yet and how far we will go for love.