The Family

Nicholas Verso

Feature film

A young girl, raised in isolation with her large group of siblings, discovers the woman she believes to be her mother may, in fact, be a dangerous criminal.


In 1987, police raided an isolated property in rural Victoria and freed a band of blond children from the clutches of a cult known as The Family, ruled by its mesmerising leader, Anne Hamilton-Byrne. Many of these children had lived there for their entire lives. THE FAMILY follows the haunting …

About Nicholas Verso

Nicholas Verso is an exciting filmmaker who recently directed his first feature film, supernatural skate film Boys In The Trees for Mushroom Pictures. The film won Best Narrative feature at the Austin Film Festival, screened as the Toronto International Film Festival and Busan International Film Festival and had its world premiere at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival. The script also won the NewDraft Award at NewFest 2011, received a rehearsed reading at the Lincoln Center in New York and was also nominated for the Monte Miller AWGIE Award.

Nick’s 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).As a director, Nicholas has attended the Berlinale Talent Campus, Binger FilmLab Directors Coaching Programme (Amsterdam), trained with Song Of The Goat theatre company (Poland), won the 2013 Inscription LA Residency and was awarded an Asialink Arts Fellowship to Beijing in 2015. His television work includes directing the Emmy award-winning Nowhere Boys for Matchbox Pictures, Snake Tales – a children’s sitcom for Network Nine (winner of the ATOM award for Best Children’s Programme and Gold Remi Award at Worldfest Houston) and directing multiplatform content for Conspiracy 365, Dangerous Remedy, Time Of Our Lives, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (Season 2 & 3), Molly and Glitch.

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