Melbourne native director Nicholas Verso 1st feature “Boys in the Trees” was presented this summer at the Toronto International Film Festival.  After numerous eerie & horror shorts, the Australian film maker continues to explore the cruelty of teens-age through a dark & poetic coming of age story.

We recommend you to watch  Nicholas Verso brilliant horror short film “The Last Time I Saw Richard” here.
You’ll dig Nicholas Verso’s style if you like: DONNIE DARKO/ DAVID LYNCH / DARK COMING OF AGE STORIES.

WHO IS THE TALENT?

DJ & Film maker Nicholas Verso is a talented story teller from Australia, whose shorts depict outsider teens lost between dark dream, sexuality & the cruel reality. His short film work includes Hugo (winner of the Grand Prize for Fantasy at the Rhode Island International Film Festival), three Apocalypse Bear webisodes (funded by the City of Melbourne), Flight (a Tropfest finalist) and most recently, The Last Time I Saw Richard (funded through Screen Australia’s Springboard programme and winner of several awards including Best Short Film at the 2014 AACTA Awards and Best Emerging Filmmaker at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival).

WHAT’S THE STORY OF “BOYS IN TREES”?

The year is 1997. Corey (Toby Wallace) and Jonah (Gulliver McGrath) were friends when they were little, but the cruel caprices of adolescence gradually rendered Jonah a pariah while Corey was welcomed into a fold of skateboarding bullies. Halloween arrives, and Corey’s friends get suited up for a night of weed smoking, drinking, vandalism, and girl chasing — in other words, business as usual. But Corey, who can no longer countenance the skaters’ merciless harassment of Jonah, winds up taking on a very different itinerary. He finds Jonah and together the boys go on an all-night trek that’s half descent into old fears and nightmares, half reckoning with the future.

Here the trailer:

WHEN WILL IT BE RELEASED?

The movie was presented at the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) this summer. We hope for a release in late 2016, early 2017. Stay tuned.