Adolescence is a time when friendships are especially malleable. People grow apart quickly, they develop and mature at different rates, and sometimes your best friend can become your worst enemy in just a few short years. Australian director Nicholas Verso’s debut film innately understands this idea. “Boys in the Trees” follows two former friends who meet up and trek together one Halloween night. They soon descend into old nightmares and relive past traumas.
Corey (Toby Wallace) and Jonah (Gulliver McGrath) were friends when they were little, but then they soon grew apart. Jonah became a pariah and Corey joined a bullying skater gang who torment Jonah constantly. On Halloween night 1997, Corey encounters Jonah and, feeling guilty about the near-constant harassment, agrees to walk him back to house. What begins as a normal walk through Suburban streets becomes something much darker as soon as they tell each other ghost stories, drawing upon their fears and their memories. Though Corey discovers he has much more in common with his old friend, it could be too late. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
“Boys in the Trees” will make its World Premiere at the Venice International Film Festival on Friday, September 9th in the Orrizonti section. It will then make its North American Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday, Sept 12th and Thursday, Sept 15th.