An overwhelming fear of poverty drove Amy Cameron, an award-winning journalist and author, into film. Mistaken about the money but entranced with the medium, Cameron uses observational skills honed as an investigative reporter to craft stories that highlight strong characters, cultural divides and the absurdities of life.
Holding a B.F.A. in Studio Arts from Concordia University and a diploma in fashion design, Cameron failed miserably as both a painter and designer. Instead, she became the crime and aboriginal affairs reporter with New Brunswick’s provincial daily, The New Brunswick Telegraph Journal
, where she won several awards including a National Newspaper Award for her coverage of a murderer on the run. Cameron then moved to Canada’s national news magazine, Maclean’s
, to write about business and the arts. Her book, Playing with Matches: Misadventures in Dating
(Anchor, 2005) is a collection of women’s bad dating stories and was optioned for development into a television series.
Cameron’s feature projects include the children's action adventure IVY TURNBUCKLE & THE MAGIC NATION, the musical romp A FALSE NOTE and the comedies GET A LIFE and HARDWICKE. Her first short film, SONG OF SLOMON, was screened in Summer 2007 and made people laugh. In 2009, CBC aired the first and only season of a one-hour dramatic television series called WILD ROSES
that was co-created and written by Cameron. In 2011, Cameron joined CBC TV Comedy as a Production Executive. She then became Head of Development, Drama and Scripted Television at Vérité Films
(INSECURITY, CORNER GAS) for two years. Cameron is now back at the CBC as a Production Executive in Drama.
Her all-consuming personal projects are The Whiz and The Whopper