Babyteeth

  • 120'
  • Australia
  • 2019

Milla Finlay is turning sixteen and enjoys life to the full – something her parents cannot share with her, as Milla is suffering from cancer in an advanced stage. Is her new boyfriend, drugs dealer Moses, the best match at this point in her life? In silence, her parents mainly mourn the prospect of losing their daughter in the prime of life. This leads to them abandoning all pedagogic strategies.

In her film debut, Australian director Shannon Murphy strikes a great balance between comedy and tragedy. Babyteeth is a tearjerker of the kind that reminds us of the beautiful things in life. Murphy deliberately seeks out conflicting emotions in this layered drama. Using images, sound and text, she subtly breaks through the 'fourth wall', confronting the audience with the ephemerality of her engaging protagonist.

Director
Shannon Murphy
Country of production
Australia
Production Year
2019
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
120'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producer
Alex White
Production Company
Whitefalk Films
Sales
Celluloid Dreams
Cinematography
Andrew Commis
Editor
Stephen Evans
Production Design
Sherree Phillips
Sound Design
Sam Hayward
Music
Amanda Brown
Cast
Ben Mendelsohn, Essie Davis, Eliza Scanlen, Toby Wallace, Emily Barclay, Andrea Demetriades, Charles Grounds
Local Distributor
Cinéart Netherlands