Screen can unveil the first trailer for Babyteeth, Australian filmmaker Shannon Murphy’s feature directing debut which is set to have its world premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival (Aug 28 - Sept 7).

The bittersweet comedy is already a talking point ahead of the festival, due to it being one of only two features in Venice’s Competition this year directed by a woman, and it making the main selection over a sidebar despite being a debut. The film first screens on Wednesday, September 4.

Rising actress Eliza Scanlen (Sharp Objects) leads the cast with Toby Wallace, Essie Davis and Ben Mendelsohn.

The project was self-adapted from a stage play by Rita Kalnejais. Alex White produced under her burgeoning Sydney-based Whitefalk Films banner, with the Oscar-nominated Jan Chapman on board as executive producer.

Paris-based outfit Celluloid Dreams is handling sales and is co-representing US rights with CAA Media Finance.

It was backed by Screen Australia, Create NSW and Waking Dream Productions. Universal is releasing in Australia and New Zealand.