Babyteeth trailer: Ben Mendelsohn is the father of a starry-eyed Eliza Scanlen

Babyteeth (2019)
Dir: Shannon Murphy | Cast: Ben Mendelsohn, Eliza Scanlen, Essie Davis, Toby Wallace | Writer: Rita Kalnejais

Another film that quietly went about its business at the Venice Film Festival collecting great reviews was Babyteeth. This Australian coming-of-age comedy-drama features a strong cast in Eliza Scanlen, Ben Mendelsohn and Essie Davis and marks the directorial debut of Shannon Murphy. Those able to get to the London Film Festival should try to snag some tickets for this one and we expect it to get a small release of some sort next year. Watch the trailer for Babyteeth above.

What to do when your seriously ill teenage daughter falls madly in love with a young drug dealer? This is the dilemma that Henry and Anna face when their beloved Milla meets the dodgy-but-charming Toby. On paper, this is a premise for a sickly-sweet YA drama, but in director Shannon Murphy’s hands this debut gorgeously walks a fine line between provocative adult drama and sweet teen romance. The nature of Milla’s illness is not discussed, it’s the unnatural state of being young and diseased that’s the central point that challenges and ultimately unites the family.

While Murphy directs, playwright Rita Kalnejais has been drafted in to adapt her own play, with Toby Wallace starring as Moses in support of Scanlen, Mendelsohn and Davis.

Babyteeth will be playing at this year's London Film Festival.

You can read more of our LFF coverage here.

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