‘Camilla’, directed by Stephanie Sant, is a screen adaptation of the short story of the same name by Clare Azzopardi from her collection of short stories titled, ‘Kulħadd Ħalla Isem Warajh’ (Merlin Publishers, 2014). The collection was awarded the 2015 National Book Prize in the Short Stories in Maltese and English category.
The film is funded by the National Book Council as part of the 2018 Literary Short-Film Contest and produced by Shadeena Entertainment.
“Absolutely first rate. The writing is especially good: the elliptical but not obscure dialogue, the deliberate omission of connective narrative material, the comic touches. I loved the framing in many of the shots, the use of doorways and door frames and windows. The lead actress, Steffi Thake, was especially amazing. The greatest compliment I can give is to say that I thought it should have been longer. Superb.”
James Grainger, Toronto Star's horror columnist
“Perverse, dangerous, and slyly political, Camilla quietly dissects gender politics, same sex love affairs, and the relationship between generations, while riffing off Le Fanu's famous 1871 vampire novel, by way of Azzopardi’s 2014 short story of the same name. Maltese gothic at its finest.”
Jon Courtenay Grimwood, award-winning author of The Last Banquet and the Assassini trilogy
“There's a lot of pastiche around, a lot of riffs on classics nowadays. But not every creator is able to take something from the canon and remake it so freshly that it becomes a new thing, in and of itself. Stephanie Sant and Teodor Reljić's Camilla is simply glorious.”
Angela Slatter, author of the World Fantasy Award-winning The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings