THE FILM MAKERS
“This whole project started with a vision I had during a particularly challenging period in my life, it was of a boy sitting on a stone step outside of a rustic building, and he was waiting for someone."
“As a film maker, I believe it’s important to fully experience life. A lot happened between the time I first had that vision of Fin sitting on a step waiting for Evelyn, there were 7 pregnancies, 4 births and 3 children. Life is complicated, but I understand a lot about it. I understand a lot about joy but I also understand a lot about grief and a lot about loss."
“It is my hope that all the feelings and emotions are imbued in the characters of The Butterfly Tree.”
“Inspired by the experience Pricilla had of losing someone close to her, The Butterfly Tree is a story about Fin falling in love with Evelyn at the same time he realises he is also losing her. Ultimately, Fin learns to put Evelyn’s own needs and those of his father ahead of his own."
“We were shooting at Mount Tambourine in South East Queensland at the same time as Thor, which was testament to the passion and attraction the crew held for the story given they were all offered much more cash to work on that job, but they stuck with us to see the project through.”
“The lush rainforest location with morning mist and fog served as the perfect backdrop to bring the story alive as it enabled us to execute a visual narrative of appreciating beauty in life and in nature".
“Whenever Fin was in the glasshouse with Evelyn we’d flood it with eternal sunlight to demonstrate how he felt about her, and how Evelyn’s lust for life and ability to live every day to the fullest was an immense source of energy for the entire film.”
Since his first feature film, Black Water in 2007, Rodrigo has built
a successful and diverse career spanning feature film, television and documentary. He is now one of the most in-demand editors working in Australian film and television.
Highly acclaimed screen composer, Caitlin Yeo has received a swathe of accolades including an APRA screen music award; Feature Score of the Year for The Rocket (2013), and Best Music for a documentary for Getting Frank Gehry (2016) and Bomb Harvest (2007), a 2014 AACTA nomination, and the 2014 Film Critics Circle award to name a few.
Emma Bortignon is a highly sought-after, award-winning Sound Designer of nearly 40 feature films. Emma won AACTA/AFI Awards for her acclaimed work on Feature Film Noise (2007) and Feature Documentary Murundak: Songs of Freedom (2011), has received two IF Awards and has been nominated for the AACTA/AFI Award eight times.