The Butterfly Tree is an ethereal story about Evelyn (Melissa George) who moves to a new town and bewitches single dad Al (Ewen Leslie) and his teenage son Fin (Ed Oxenbould).
Evelyn runs a flower shop and both men fall for her attention and affections. When they discover they are competing for the same woman, old wounds are reopened over the death of Fin’s mother.
The scenes are sometimes dreamy and fantasy-like. Some of the visuals are a combination of live-action and animation to represent Fin’s dream world. The performances are strong across the three main characters.
It’s a great polished achievement as the feature debut of director Priscilla Cameron.
Fact: It’s amazing to hear that this film was shot on low-budget (less than $3 million) on location on Mount Tamborine in the Gold Coast hinterland.
The Butterfly Tree is a quirky, beautiful and likeable Australian film.
Showing in Australian cinemas from 23 November 2017.
Director: Priscilla Cameron
Running time: 97 minutes