After a decade in the planning, Queensland-based Priscilla Cameron has commenced production on her first feature film, THE BUTTERFLY TREE. Shooting in the Tamborine Mountain region, the first gorgeous photos have emerged of a cast that includes Melissa George, Ewen Leslie, Ed Oxenbould and Sophie Lowe. It is set to debut at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) in 2017, and will be distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Vendetta Films.
The dramatic feature tells the story of Evelyn, an ex-burlesque queen, who bewitches single dad Al and his teenage son Fin with her zest for life. When father and son discover they are competing for the affections of the same woman, it reopens old wounds over the death of Fin’s mother.
“THE BUTTERFLY TREE will spend over $1.2million 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,” said Screen Queensland CEO, Tracey Vieira.
Originally set to shoot under the name Bloom, until audience testing of the title resulted in THE BUTTERFLY TREE. The budget is just under $3 million.
Cameron’s previous short films have included Edge of Reality (2003) and Tidal Marks (2009), and is a part-time lecturer at Brisbane’s Griffith Film School. Check out the first shots from the film below.