The Tree’s Morgana Davies has been nominated, for the second year in a row, by the Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts Awards. In the running for an award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Hunter. Morgana was also nominated last year for the categories of Best Actress and Best Young Actor for her work in The Tree. It is quite unheard of for a child actor to be nominated for three awards over two years. This is one special young lady.
Congratulations Morgana. We’ll be cheering for you!
Out today in the US of A! The Tree DVD is now available in the US, just in time for the holiday season and can be purchased direct from the US distributors; Zeitgiest at a discount price of $ 22.49.
- Gorgeous HD transfer, enhanced for widescreen viewing
- “In the Shadow of The Tree”: a behind-the-scenes documentary
- Nine deleted scenes
- U.S. theatrical trailer
- English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH)
The Tree’s Production Designer, Steven Jones Evans has been nominated for The Docklands Studios Melbourne APDG award for design on a feature film. The nominees shortlist was recently announced by the Australian Production Design Guild who will be holding their inaugrual awards at NIDA on the 21st September.
It was a case of moving the house to fit the tree during preproduction of the film, when, after the production team found the perfect tree. They had to bring in the traditional Queenslander house on the back of a truck, working their magic to create the wonderfully lived in feel of the O’Neill house that we see on screen. And the house is just the beginning. For anyone who has seen the film, the attention to detail helps to bring to life the world and the drama of the story. Steven and his team drained a dam, created a vegetable market garden and more…
You can check out some photographic evidence of Steven’s amazing work below, and watch a video of him and the rest of the crew, speaking about how important it was to find just the right tree.
Right now, you can catch The Tree right acrosss the US, UK and Ireland with screening dates set to run until the end of the year, and more dates still to be added.
The Tree opens in New York City today, kicking off a US screening tour already scheduling close to 50 cinemas over 25 states, with more venues yet to be added!
You can see The Tree at The Beekman Theatre and The Village East Cinemas, New York. The film opens next in Washington; Cambridge, Massachusetts and Los Angeles on the 22nd July. To find out more USA screening dates and venues check out The Tree Playdates which will be continually updated by Zeitgeist Films, the US distributors.
Tonight sees a preview screening of The Tree at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, before the film’s release on the 15th July, starting in New York and fanning out across the country with more screenings being added daily.
This follows the release of The Tree (L’albero) in Italy on the 8th July coinciding with the Canadian release starting in Montreal on the same date. An advance screening will be held in Montreal at the Cinema Parallèle on July 6th.
The UK release date has been set for the 5th August.
Watch this space to find out more…
It’s a week of festival screenings for The Tree, with events spanning three countries and two continents.
The Festival du Cinéma Australien takes place in Pézenas, France, over three nights and two days from the 29th April to the 1st May, showing 13 feature films and 8 short films.
Here’s what the festival team
has to say about the event:
“The end of
world … That’s what most people
think when they
of Australia. A desert
animals, an ancient
culture … A large
island, far away …
Alongside The Tree screening on Saturday 30th April at 5:30 pm, the festival will show a fantastic selection of films including Last Train to Freo (also from Taylor Media); Priscilla, Queen of The Desert; Ten Canoes; Black Balloon, Samson and Delilah; and Strictly Ballroom.
There will be an exhibition on the theme of “Comparison” in the Cabaret Theatre, two wineries, and of course, beer, tapas and barbecue all day, and a continuous screening of “Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo” for the kids.
The Newport Beach Film Festival is set in Newport Beach, on the spectacular Californian coastline and less than an hour from Hollywood. Films are screened throughout the city that boasts one of the largest movie consumer groups in the world, a rich filmmaking history as well as fine dining, shopping, and exceptional recreational activities.
The Tree screens on both Tuesday May 3rd at 7:30 pm and May 5th at 3:00 pm.
Audiences at the Tuesday night screening can celebrate at the Tuesday Night International Showcase Block Party for France, Sweden and Australia at Fashion Island, presented by OC Weekly, with top entertainment and hors d’oeuvres prepared by award winning restaurants and a bar hosted by Stella Artois and Absolut.
The Barbican’s London
Australian Film Festival, is now in its 17th year and is an
eagerly awaited annual landmark on the UK film calendar. Since
March 1994, every major Australian feature film has been screened
at the festival – this year is no exception!
Throughout its history, the heart of the Festival has been its showcase of the latest Australian feature films and documentaries, providing UK audiences with a unique overview of Australian cinema today.
The Tree screens on Sunday 8th May 6:30 pm at the Barbican Centre alongside the best of recent Australian cinema, including; Red Dog; Oranges and Sunshine; Beneath Hill 60; Wasted on The Young and Mao’s Last Dancer.
Last night the Film Critic’s Circle of Australia presented Morgana Davies with the award for Outstanding Performance for her role as Simone in The Tree.
The Film Critics Circle of Australia is the national body of professional film critics in Australia whose aims are to promote excellence and integrity in the art of film criticism and support the advancement of Australian and international film culture.
In addition to this award, Morgana is the youngest
person ever to receive an AFI Award nomination (Best Actress and
Best Young Actor) and has gained adulation from cinema audiences
and critics worldwide.
To watch an interview with Morgana about her time working on The Tree, and her travels to France for the Cannes Film Festival in 2010, please click here.
The Tree screening to assist
The National Centre for
The National Centre for Childhood Grief (“A Friend’s Place”) will host a special screening of The Tree to raise funds for its important work in counselling children who are dealing with grief.
The event will take place at 6.15pm
on Thursday March 10 at the Riverside
Theatres in Parramatta, NSW, and will be followed by a
Q&A expert panel on grief headed by the founders of
the NCCG, Mal and Dianne
McKissock. Mal and Dianne have both
been awarded Order of Australia Medals for their work. They
have published several books on the subject, including,
The 2006 Census tells us that 9% of people in NSW had lost either one or both parents before they turned 18 years of age. Yet, the discussion of death and grief remains such a taboo in our society.
“In The Tree, each member of the family
expresses their grief in their own way and, ultimately, it is a
very life-affirming and moving story.”
When: 6:15 pm Thursday, March 10
Tickets: $30.00 plus a booking fee
The Tree team are very excited to announce that THE TREE has been bought by US distributor Zeitgeist Films and will open in New York and Los Angeles this North American summer, with a national roll out to follow.
Zeitgeist also released the acclaimed feature debut by THE TREE’S writer/director, Julie Bertucelli, Since Otar Left.
Runtime: 97 mins
Format: (Region 4) DVD PAL
DVD Special Features:
The event starts at 6:15 pm with an introduction from The Tree producer Sue Taylor, who is flying in to Alice for the weekend, where she will also be speaking at a workshop for local filmmakers.
Saturday 19th February
Araluen Arts Centre
61 Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs, NT 0870
Tel: (08) 8951 1120
Check here for more details on the Sydney Travelling Film Festival:
Arts Centre, Alice
Tomorrow the Bondi Openair Cinema moves out of the Pavilion onto the Dolphin Lawn overlooking Bondi Beach.
And the first Saturday night event at this stunning new location will be a screening of The Tree with special guests and live music!
Watch the sun dip below the horizon, and enjoy live music from Ashleigh Mannix on the Sunset Stage, food and drinks from the festival bar,
and an introduction to the film by The Tree producer Sue Taylor.
Bring a picnic blanket and soak up the ocean views with members of the Australian cast of The Tree before settling in for the film under the stars on the giant open-air screen.
Saturday 12th February, gates open 6pm
Bondi Openair Cinema, Dolphin Lawn
South Side of Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach
To be held this year on 25
February 2011, the César
Awards are the “Academy Awards” of France. The
Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma will
hand out awards to the finest of French film at the
du Châtelet in Paris for
the 36th year in a row and will be presided over by Jodie
The Tree team are very happy to announce that The Tree has received three nominations in this most illustrious of award ceremonies. The Tree nominees are:
Best Actress: Charlotte Gainsbourg
Best Adaptation: Julie Bertucelli
Best Original Music for a Film: Grégoire Hetzel
Click here to find out more about the César Awards
The 2010 AFI Awards nominees were announced today. The Tree received nominations in six different categories: Best Film (Sue Taylor and Yael Fogiel), Best Direction (Julie Bertuccelli), Best Adapted Screenplay (Julie Bertuccelli), Best Lead Actress (Charlotte Gainsbourg, Morgana Davies), the AFI Young Actor Award (Morgana Davies), and the AFI Visual Effects Award (Dave Morley, Felix Crawshaw, Claudia Lecaros, Tim Walker).
Congratulations to Morgana Davies, who is not only the
youngest nominee for this year’s AFI Young Actor Award, but is also
competing for the Best Lead Actress award
alongside such established talents as Abbie Cornish, Jacki
Weaver, and her Tree co-star Charlotte
As Jacki Weaver, who hosted the nominations, stated, “2010 has been a remarkable year for Australian film and television.”
Check out the AFI Awards website here: http://www.afi.org.au/AM/ContentManagerNet/ContentDisplay.aspx?ContentID=11585&Section=Feature_Film_Nominees4
The October issue of Filmink has a great article on The Tree, featuring interviews with Charlotte Gaisnbourg, Julie Bertuccelli, Sue Taylor and Morgana Davies.
“Yes, it was a big deal to work with a real tree and
make the shadows match from shot to shot and set up all the
scaffolding when actors were in the branches. But I’m not
complaining - no one says that it’s easy to make a film.” Julie
Here’s a peek at the article below:
“I fell in love with the way it was written. I said yes
straight away,” Charlotte Gainsbourg on choosing to work on
The Tree team are excited to announce the reissue of Judy Pascoe’s acclaimed debut novel, Our Father Who Art In The Tree. This much sought after hidden-gem has not been available in Australia for some time. But, soon this lovely book will be out in the country in which it is set, just in time for the cinema release of the film that it is based on, The Tree.
Our Father Who Art In The Tree will be available from the warehouse at Murdoch Books from 23 September and in your local book store soon!
Here is an excerpt of UK Kirkus’ review of the book: “This is a triumphant debut novel from Judy Pascoe that will touch the hearts of all who read it. An evocative tale, told through the wistful hopes of Simone as she faces the reality of bereavement, it manages to be both funny and sad. The author tackles the themes of love and loyalty, superstition and religious faith with such poetic imagery and yet such simple language that readers will look at these complex and unsolvable mysteries with the fresh simplicity of a child’s eye.”
For more information on Judy Pascoe and and an interview about her the book check judypascoe.com
Judy Pascoe, Julie Bertuccelli,
Sue Taylor and Yael Fogiel on location for The Tree,
photograph by Baruch Rafic
Media release: http://www.acmi.net.au/media-gainsbourg-birkin.htm
Check out this interesting blog entry on Serge Gainsbourg’s and Jane Birkin’s extraordinary relationship:
“It’s made my career without anyone knowing anything
In a new interview, Jane Birkin reflects on her relationship and artistic work with the late Serge Gainsbourg, including their infamous song “Je t’aime… moi non plus”:
It’s now only 3 weeks to the Australian Release of The Tree and so many exciting things are happening, that we just have to share. The Tree Team have just heard the wonderful news that Daryl Hannah will be launching the 2010 Mission Beach Film Festival prior to the special Gala screening of The Tree.
As an actor, filmmaker and environmental activist, Daryl Hannah is the perfect representative for the Mission Beach Film Festival. The Festival works hard to promote its of values of Respect for Nature, Universal Human Rights, Economic Justice, A Culture of Peace, What the World Could Be…
The Tree Team are honored that The Tree has been selected to open this fantastic Festival and so excited that Daryl Hannah will be there to share this great experience.
Find out more about Daryl Hannah’s work to promote sustainability at her website: dhlovelife.com
And if you have a moment to spare, check out Daryl Hannah’s tree sitting protest at South Central Farm in L.A. youtube
We think she too looks pretty good up in a tree.
Lucky enough to be near beautiful Mission Beach on the 17th September? Check out the website below to find out how to buy tickets.
For further information contact Anton Whitehead 0419 274 500 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission Beach Film Festival Office 07 4088 8113 .
The Tree opened across France today, in 220+ cinemas, which is one of the largest ever releases for an Australian film in France. The film has had a wonderful reception from first day audiences and the press. The posters can be seen all over Paris. Morgana Davies is now a star in Europe, after appearing on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, and in Italian Vogue this month.
photograph by Sebastien de Flers
The Tree has been selected as one of 19 feature films contending for an AFI award this year. The Australian Film Institute have recognized and celebrated excellence in Australian film and television for over 50 years. As of late August, all of the contenders for the AFI Awards will be screened for both AFI members and the public in Melbourne and Sydney at the 2010 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards Screenings.
Where would a French/Australian coproduction most likely
screen in Australia?
How about Western Australia’s unique French/Australian Film Festival - CinéfestOZ 10…Catch The Tree on the 28th and 29th August 2010, with a Gala Party after the screening on the Saturday night.
The Tree has been honoured with selection at MIFF also
known as the Melbourne International Film Festival at the end of
the 25th and 31st July 2010. The session on Sunday 25th July will
feature a Q & A session with Producer Sue Taylor.
Keep an eye on their website here for updates on screenings and tickets.
The Tree screened to packed houses at the beautiful, and huge, State Theatre during its run at the Sydney Film Festival. The film has been honoured to be selected in the top five of the SHOWTIME Movie Channels Audience Awards. These awards highlight the crowd-pleasing titles across feature films and documentaries screened at the Festival.
The Tree was the only film from the Official Competition
to make the top five of the Audience Awards at this year’s
For more Audience Award winners in other categories, please visit the Sydney Film Festival website.
The Australian/French co-production THE TREE received a rapturous 7 -minute standing ovation at its World Premiere last night, as the closing night film, of the 63rd Cannes Film Festival.
photograph by Michelle
The Tree, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marton Csokas
and Aden Young has been selected to present at the Closing Ceremony
of the 63rd Cannes Festival. It will be screened on Sunday May 23rd
once the Award ceremony is finished.
To find out more, read about it at the Cannes Festival official website.
Left to Right:
Judy Pascoe, Julie Bertuccelli, Sue Taylor and Yaël Fogiel.
Photograph by Baruch Rafic
Taylor Media and Les Films du Poisson.
Principal Investor Screen Australia
With the participation of CANAL+ and ARTE France
In coproduction with ARTE France Cinéma,
In association with Dorje Film,
Screen Queensland, Screen NSW,
Le Pacte, Memento Films International,
and Coficup 2 (a fund operated by Backup Films)
Filmed in Queensland, Australia with the assistance of Screen Queensland
The Tree is distributed in Australia by Transmission Films