In light of Covid we were unable to secure any of the Australian talent involved in the film so Mark Naglazas has invited Perth writer-director Renee Webster to join him for a post-screening Q&A and you're invited too. Renée’s shorts SCOFF and EDGAR and ELIZABETH screened at film festivals around the world. She was also the set-up director for the ABC children’s drama ITCH and a director on both seasons of the acclaimed ABC series, THE HEIGHTS. She’s now about to make her writing-directing feature film debut with HOW TO PLEASE A WOMAN, a warm-hearted comedy about a woman who sets up an all-male cleaning team.
What might have been a disaster for the Finlay family leads to letting go and finding grace in the glorious chaos of life. When seriously ill teenager, Milla (Eliza Scanlon – HBO’s Sharp Objects, the upcoming Little Women) falls madly in love with a smalltime drug dealer, Moses (Toby Wallace – Romper Stomper), it’s her protective parents’ (Ben Mendelsohn – Captain Marvel / Essie Davis – The Babadook) worst nightmare. Things get messy and morals go out the window as the lives of those around the family: a sensitive music teacher, a budding child violinist, a disarmingly honest pregnant neighbour become intertwined and Milla shows those in her orbit how to live like you have nothing to lose. In a story about life, grief and the chaos of family, Babyteeth joyously explores how far we will go for love and how good it is to be alive.
A warm-hearted and bittersweet comedy about love, loss and family, Babyteeth was shot on location in and around Sydney, and the film is directed by Shannon Murphy and is an adaptation of the successful Belvoir Theatre play by Rita Kalnejais.