Back from the Bush

A Canadian man comes home early from his camping trip to find his wife in bed with another hoser. Everybody apologizes.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Leah Cameron

Filmmaker’s statement

While living in LA and studying improv at the Second City, I couldn’t help but notice how curious my American friends were about Canada, even if they had little to no idea of what was actually up there. They would ask me these friendly and vague sort of questions like, “Is it cold up there?” and “Does everybody speak French?”

Outsiders’ lack of understanding of what goes on within our borders is a very common experience for most Canadians. And since pulling Americans’ legs is a national pastime, I thought why not make it all up?

Back from the Bush is my first short in a series I am directing that is set in an off-kilter and surreal version of our country. The kind of place where it snows 13 months a year, where 50 national languages are spoken and everyone wears a Davy Crockett raccoon hat and is unfailingly polite.

In short, a place that most of our American neighbours could almost believe to be true.

About Leah Cameron

Leah Cameron

Leah Cameron is a director and writer who loves telling funny, touching human stories.

A Toronto native, her love of storytelling took her to the far off land of Los Angeleeze in 2009 to study film at the American Film Institute. Leah graduated from their MFA Conservatory program in 2011, receiving the Joseph A. Stefano Scholarship for excellence in screenwriting for her work.

Since then, Leah has story edited and directed segments on two seasons of the pop cultural web series, Where Cool Came From for Stornoway Productions and has helped several show runners develop pilot scripts and pitch packages for shows in development north and south of the border.

Leah was one of eight women recently selected for the Women In the Director’s Chair Story & Leadership program, a directing and leadership program through which she is creating her comedic web series, The Communist’s Daughter. The project is loosely based on her experience of growing up in a Commie household in the thick of the Reagan ’80s and how very, very awkward that was.

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