PRISCILLA CAMERON

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With a mother and grandma who had worked in the in­dus­try, Priscilla Cameron fol­lowed her fam­ily into writ­ing and film­mak­ing. Her award-win­ning shorts have screened around the world and, ear­lier this year, fol­low­ing an in­tense six months at the Binger Film­lab in Am­s­ter­dam, Priscilla’s de­but fea­ture, The But­ter­fly Tree, star­ring Melissa Ge­orge, pre­miered at Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

IT TAKES A FORM OF EI­THER AD­DIC­TION OR MAD­NESS

to want to try and nav­i­gate this in­dus­try. For bet­ter or for worse, I’m an ad­dict. I think film­mak­ing can in­cor­po­rate as many art forms as you like, or as lit­tle as you like. Your range of what you can draw on is huge. And, as a cre­ative per­son, that’s re­ally ex­cit­ing.

I HAVE LOTS OF PIC­TURES OF ME WITH A CHILD ON MY LAP

try­ing to re-read a draft [of The But­ter­fly Tree]. I’ve come up with very mean ways to save my time. I put my chil­dren to bed in their school uni­forms, and if they have to eat spag bol six nights a week, that’s what hap­pens. What­ever your sit­u­a­tion, at the end of the day, you have to find the space to write those pages – whether it’s two or 10 pages – you just have to find a way.

I LEARNT PRETTY QUICKLY THAT BE­ING DE­FEN­SIVE IS NOT HELPFUL TO YOU,

or the de­vel­op­ment of the project. You have to try and un­der­stand why some­one is re­act­ing a cer­tain way, or what they’re not un­der­stand­ing in the script, rather than just be re­ac­tive to their com­ment.

In the stress of film­mak­ing we can some­times for­get we got into it be­cause it’s a sh*tload of fun. I think David Lynch said that it should be about hav­ing fun, and I should re­it­er­ate that back to my­self and other film­mak­ers – you’ve got to make it about hav­ing some fun along the way.

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