Magazine article Variety

Priscilla Cameron

Magazine article Variety

Priscilla Cameron

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'Part of Me Thinks That Maybe in My Essence, My Soul Is Actually Male.'

AUSTRALIAN FILMMAKER PRISCILLA Cameron has been cutting her teeth on shorts, but she always had the goal of bringing feature-length stories to life. That aspiration has become a reality with "The Butterfly Tree," which follows a boy, his father and the woman they both fall in love with, a former burlesque dancer who opens a flower shop in their town. "The Butterfly Tree," which saw its worldwide premiere at the 2017 Melbourne Film Festival, will screen at Toronto Intl. Film Festival on Sept. 11 at the Scotiabank Theatre in its North American bow. ERIN NYREN

The film has been in the making for over a decade. How did it finally come together?

We were supported for script development through Screen Australia back here. Then the script won the Australian Writers Guild Unproduced Screenplay Award, and then as a director, I was selected to go to Binger [Directors Lab], which is in Amsterdam, and then from that point we started doing the markets. All of the financing is Australian.

Where did the idea for the film come from?

The idea came to me when I was going through a hard time in a relationship. …

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