Artist

Cameron Bailey

Cameron Bailey is a writer, broadcaster and film programmer in Toronto. He reviews film for Toronto's NOW Magazine, CBC Radio One and the CTV Network's Canada AM. He is the past president of the Toronto Film Critics Association, and presented international cinema nightly on Showcase Television's The Showcase Revue (1998-2002). He also produced and hosted the interview show Filmmaker on the Independent Film Channel Canada.

Bailey has contributed articles on subjects including cinema, Black culture and new technology to Take One, The Village Voice, Screen, CineAction! and Borderlines, as well as to the MIT Press book Immersed in Technology and the Banff Centre anthology Territories of Difference.

Born in London, England and raised in Barbados and Toronto, he graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Degree in English literature. He pursued graduate study in Film at York University.

For eight years Bailey selected films for the Toronto International Film Festival (1990-97). He is the founder and former programmer of the Festival's Planet Africa section, and past head of its Perspective Canada series.

He has also curated film series at the Cinematheque Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada, the National Film Board of Canada's John Spotton Cinema, and Australia's Sydney International Film Festival. He has served on awards juries at film festivals in Canada, South Korea, Greece, Burkina Faso and Zanzibar.

Bailey serves on the Advisory Board of Toronto's Institute for Contemporary Culture, an initiative of the Royal Ontario Museum. He is also a former board member of the Ontario Film Development Corporation, and Toronto's Images Festival. He is a founder of Canada's Black Film and Video Network.

In 1997 Bailey completed his first screenplay, The Planet of Junior Brown, co-written with director Clement Virgo. The film was named Best Picture at the 1998 Urbanworld Film Festival in New York, and was nominated for a Best Screenplay Gemini Award. Hotel Saudade premieres at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival.

Videography

Hotel Saudade

2004, 24:22 minutes, Colour, English

Critical Writing

An open letter on City to City: Tel Aviv
by Cameron Bailey. TIFF - Toronto International Film Festival, Aug. 28, 2009.
Gunilla Josephson in Coversation with Cameron Bailey: On the...
by Cameron Bailey. Archive Inc., June 24, 2006.
Richard Fung: Images festival tribute puts self-effacing video...
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Apr. 11, 2002, v. 21, no. 32.
Wild wild west end: Parkdale film festival REHAB gives independent...
by Kim Linekin. EYE WEEKLY, June 13, 2002, v. 11, no. 36.
Top 20 Toronto Films since 1981
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Oct. 25, 2001, v. 21, no. 8.
Exercise your eyes at Images
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Apr. 13, 2000, v. 19, no. 33.
Interview with Bruce LaBruce and G.B. Jones
by Cameron Bailey. Lux: A Decade of Artists' Film and Video, 2000. Toronto: YYZ Books/Pleasure Dome, 2000.
Interview with Mike Hoolboom
by Cameron Bailey. Lux A Decade of Artists' Film and Video, 2000. Toronto: YYZ Books/Pleasure Dome, 2000.
Nervy First Nations Festival
by Cameron Bailey. NOW, Sept. 7 Fall, 2000, v. 20, no. 1.
Images fest has a thing for sex
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Apr. 22, 1999, v. 18, no. 34.
How girls and boys become who they are
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Apr. 1, 1999, v. 18, no. 31.
Hot New Stuff on Video from All Over the World
by Cameron Bailey. NOW, Oct. 21, 1999, v. 19, no. 8.
Whiff of Sex Wafts over Brazen Desh Pardesh
by Cameron Bailey. NOW, June 10, 1999, v. 18, no. 41.
The Heart of a Difficult Place: The Way to My Father's Village
by Cameron Bailey. Fuse, July 1998, v. 21, no. 3.
Mike Hoolboom: Fringe Filmmaker Flaunts Subconscious in Ode to...
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Oct. 8, 1998, v. 18, no. 6.
Best of '97: Local Movie Moguls
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Dec. 25, 1997, v. 17, no. 17.
Sex-radical filmaker lets it all hang out
by Cameron Bailey. Now, July 17, 1997, v. 16, no. 46.
Queer directors beaming and scheming
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Oct. 24, 1996, v. 16, no. 8.
Jan Peacock video weaves issues of memory and mobility
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Apr. 6, 1995, v. 14, no. 32.
Collection of Halifax video art recalls genre's first principles
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Nov. 16, 1995, v. 15, no. 11.
Videos eye economics and bodily functions
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Oct. 26, 1995, v. 15, no. 8.
Short films prove to be Toronto's strongest suit: Homegrown Movies
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Dec. 28, 1995, v. 15, no. 17.
Desh Pardesh digs deep into diaspora
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Apr. 28, 1994, v. 13, no. 35.
South Asian moving images evoke philosophical rovings
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Apr. 28, 1994, v. 13, no. 35.
Julian Samuel takes tottering system to the edge
by Cameron Bailey. Now, June 16, 1994, v. 13, no. 42.
Latin American wave surges across borders
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Apr. 21, 1994, v. 13, no. 34.
T.O. scene follows feature dream to the source
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Jan. 5, 1994, v. 13, no. 18.
Director disrupts AIDS certainties with Zero Patience: Hammering...
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Feb. 23, 1994, v. 13, no. 26.
Trinity series sign of where T.O.'s at
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Jan. 14, 1993, v. 12, no. 20.
Historic gay sex scandal mined in Legal Memory
by Cameron Bailey. Now, May 20, 1993, v. 12, no. 38.
Images 93 an exercise in temptation
by Cameron Bailey. NOW, Apr. 22, 1993, v. 12, no. 34.
Reinke work conceptually swift and sophisticated
by Cameron Bailey. Now, July 2, 1992, v. 11, no. 44.
Signs of a generational shift on indie production scene
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Dec. 24, 1992, v. 12, no. 17.
Survey samples Images' scintillating indie talents: Images 92...
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Apr. 23, 1992, v. 11, no. 34.
Indies impressive in year of plenty
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Jan. 2, 1992, v. 11, no. 18.
Gay and Lesbian Film Fest Suddenly a Must
by Cameron Bailey. NOW, Apr. 30, 1992, v. 11, no. 35.
Beyond First Run:: Bodies in Trouble
by Cameron Bailey. NOW, June 20, 1991, v. 10, no. 41.
Newfoundland co-op merges folk and personal resources
by Cameron Bailey. Now, June 7, 1990, v. 9, no. 39.
Fearless Fung taps race complexities
by Cameron Bailey. Now, May 24, 1990, v. 9, no. 37.
Fine local product deserves new and improved exhibition: Best of 1990
by Cameron Bailey. NOW, Jan. 3, 1990, v. 10, no. 17.
Kibbins stems tide of ceaseless ideas
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Apr. 13, 1989, v. 8, no. 31.
Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak: The groundbreaking dynamic duo of...
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Nov. 9, 1989, v. 9, no. 10.
Babulal Bhuiya an elegant and searing testimony
by John Harkness and Cameron Bailey. NOW, June 1, 1989, v. 8, no. 38.
Grierson Documentary Seminar '85: Broadening Perspective
by Cameron Bailey. Cinema Canada, Jan. 1988, no. 148.
Recasting images of AIDS to counter media distortions
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Oct. 20, 1988, v. 8, no. 7.
Film Reviews: Brenda Longfellow's Our Marilyn/Video Tales
by Cameron Bailey and Geoffrey Shea. Cinema Canada, 1987, no. 147.