Rising stars Eliza Scanlen (Sharp Objects) and Toby Wallace (Romper Stomper) have joined acclaimed Australian actors Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Animal Kingdom) and Essie Davis (Game of Thrones, The Babadook) on the new feature film BABYTEETH.
A warm-hearted and bittersweet comedy about love, loss and family, BABYTEETH is being shot on location in and around Sydney. The film is an adaptation of the successful Belvoir Theatre play by Rita Kalnejais.
Sydney-born Eliza Scanlen is best known for her role as Amma Crellin in HBO’s award-winning miniseries Sharp Objects, in which she starred alongside Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson. Scanlen will also feature as Beth March in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women with Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet.
Toby Wallace broke onto Australian screens as a young Michael Hutchence in the telemovie Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS, before starring in the lead role of Kane in Romper Stomper, streaming service Stan’s sequel to the classic Australian crime drama. Next, Wallace will be seen in Acute Misfortune, a film adaptation of Erik Jensen’s award-winning biography of Adam Cullen and Netflix’s new YA 10-episode drama The Society.
BABYTEETH is a bittersweet comedy about learning to let go and finding grace in the glorious chaos of life. Milla is a supernova about to explode. When the seriously ill teenager falls madly in love with a small-time drug dealer, it’s her protective parents’ worst nightmare. But Milla is teaching those in her orbit how to live like you have nothing to lose.
Building on a string of successful television credits, Shannon Murphy (On the Ropes, Offspring, Rake) makes her feature film directorial debut, with Alex White at the helm as producer and Jan Chapman (The Piano, Lantana, The Daughter) as executive producer.
Producer Alex White said, “It’s been a true joy to watch our incredible crew bring this story to life. Eliza Scanlen and Toby Wallace give breakout performances alongside the electrifying duo of Essie Davis and Ben Mendelsohn, who returned home to make this film with us. BABYTEETH is about family and how far you go to protect the people that you love, and we’re thrilled to share this story with audiences.”
Said director Shannon Murphy: “I have loved every minute of directing this shoot with our glorious cast and dedicated crew. It has been a journey of discovering the comedic and dramatic tension within the Finlay family as they are forced to accept Moses, an intruder, into their already dysfunctional home.”
BABYTEETH is a Whitefalk Films production with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Create NSW, and was financed with the support of WeirAnderson.com, Whitefalk Films, Jan Chapman Films and Spectrum Films. It was developed by Whitefalk Films in association with Katherine Slattery and Jan Chapman with the assistance of Screen Australia, Create NSW and Waking Dream Productions.