After a career distinguished by continuous advancement, Camilla Roman is now ready for the international market.

By Bruno Pischiutta

It is a difficult and borderline impossible task to try to define Camilla Roman’s activity in the film industry in one word. In short, it can certainly be said that she is an award-winning actress and a successful writer-director. Camilla is a unique character and her uniqueness is reflected in everything she does.

She was born and raised in the vibrant city of Tromsø, often called ‘the Paris of the north’, in northern Norway, 300 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. Tromsø has 24-hour sunshine for a whole month and is home to the world’s northernmost university, renowned for research on the Northern Lights.

Camilla has a good ear for accents and languages: she speaks English (American and British), Norwegian, Swedish, German and French; her cultural background is exceptional and her specific studies in acting and directing have developed over five years. She studied film internationally and obtained academic degrees and upbringing worldwide. 

She attended the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in London for four years, attended the “Young Professional Actors Summer Program” at the TVI Studios in Los Angeles, and later completed her studies at the New York Film Academy, Universal Studios, LA.

Camilla Roman is happily married to a charming French man and lives in Oslo where she works as a film and TV actress in local productions, but continues to set her sights on the various opportunities the film industry offers internationally.

The best way to know a talent’s future and whether a career is on the right track or not, is to analyze the past work and to see if a progressive path is apparent. A brief analysis of Camilla’s activities reveals that there is always a constant in all her manifestations, and this constant is the progress that brings her today to a point of maturity that opens up the greatest possibilities.

The first piece of writing, Head Shoulders Knees and Toes, shows us how in a film of just a few minutes, she manages to paint an interesting situation and surprise the reader first, and then the viewer, with the extreme simplicity of the action. Right from this moment, it is evident that Camilla is clear about the concept of conflict and surprise, elements that are often indispensable in a successful screenplay. There is not much else in the first film: it is short and simple, although the content is complex.

In the second script, Love You to Death, the very noticeable progress from the previous script comes through: the number of characters is greater and the situations are different and much more complex. Again, the element of surprise is present and the entire content of the writing is much more elaborate. The psychological subjects and the love relationships described are much more complex than in the first film, although again we are talking about a short and fundamentally simple writing,

The logical consequence of the previous two experiments is the film generated by the third script: Waves.

Waves is what we call in the business a ‘talking movie’, and it is a small masterpiece. The progress is very evident: the description of the characters, their psychology and the different moments that the script analyses are very well defined. The dialogue makes us share in the emotions of the two characters, and is extremely appropriate to the different moments, it gives us a perfect understanding of what the protagonists are feeling and also anticipates what is likely to happen in their future.

From the first screenplay of only few minutes of writing, Camilla arrived to Waves, a very valuable piece of writing that gave rise to a short film that was awarded several times at important festivals. 

Now Camilla is working on a full-length film for the first time. The title is Agnes & Mia. This is the story of two provincial American female investigators and best friends.

During the investigation, Mia is struggling to get over her divorce of ten years earlier, while Agnes and her wife have to deal with the child protective services since Agnes’ mother accuses them of not being a healthy family for their two adopted daughters. Eventually, Agnes and Mia have to look back and discover the truth about their parents as well.  

This writing is extremely good and has many interesting themes. It has already been appreciated by some important producers and, even if still incomplete, it is getting very good reviews from literary agencies in Los Angeles. Agnes & Mia is a promising screenplay from every point of view, and marks enormous progress compared to everything Camilla produced up to this point in her writing career.

Progress is also constant in her career as a film director: from the simple experiment of the first film, she moved on to her second one, Love You to Death, that is much more elaborated and incorporates love scenes and scenes of normal continuity. With Waves, her third film, Camilla proves that she is a very good director who knows how to play with the emotions of the characters, as well as with the emotions of the viewers.

Her acting career is distinguished by constant success too. In 2013, Camilla translated and produced John Patrick Shanley’s play Danny and the Deep Blue Sea at Caféteatret in Oslo, playing the role of Roberta.

She then gained considerable experience and notoriety and participated in the TV series Lilyhammer (Netflix), Recoil (PCS Amazon Prime), Roeng, Next Summer, It Could Have Been Worse and HBO’s Beforeigners. She also played interesting parts in several short films.

But her most important year to date was, 2021 when she got a series regular role, as the Russian Maxima, in the Norwegian TV series Coda KORK, and was cast in the starring role of Sharon in the first film of the Spa trilogy, that consists of sequential feature films. That same year, she became a member of the international agency Global Film Actors. 

2021 is also the year when she started writing Agnes & Mia while her short film, Waves, was triumphing on the festival circuit.

These are some of the awards received for Waves:

  • Global Nonviolent Film Festival: “Best Director in a Short Film” and “Best Lead Actress in a Short Film” (Tonje Thwin);
  • Accolade Global Film Competition: “2021 Humanitarian Awards – Honorable Mention”, “Award of Excellence – Special Mention Women Filmmakers”, and “Award of Excellence Leading Actress” (Tonje Thwin)
  • Sherman Oaks Film Festival: “Filmmakers Award for Outstanding Short Film – Drama”
  • Prague International Film Awards: “Best Indie Short Film”
  • Vesuvius International Film Festivals: “Best Female Director for Covid-19 Short”
  • The film Waves will be screened at the Marina el Rey Film Festival in Los Angeles on June 20, 2022: Cinemark 18 and XD @ (HHLA), 6081 Center Dr. , Los Angeles, CA 90045 
  • It should also be noted that Camilla will be a member of the Jury of the 11th Global Nonviolent Film Festival that takes place from September 29 to October 9, 2022.

Camilla’s steady progress continues into 2022: a year that promises to be full of successes and new challenges for her. 

She is working on all levels of her career in the film business. As an actress and director, she is creating a TV series in Norway, she is completing the screenplay of Agnes & Mia, and she will star alongside Stephanie Tripp and Stella Hinsen in the first film of the Spa trilogy, a major motion picture that I will direct and shoot in London. In this film, Camilla will play the difficult and problematic part of Sharon.

Sharon, the character I created, is definitely a bad girl. After a life spent in prostitution, Sharon meets Juliet with whom she develops a relationship of deep love, and a business partnership that will take both of them to a level of wickedness, of dishonesty and lawlessness that will threaten to ruin them forever. 

I gave Camilla the part of Sharon with the implicit suggestion that Konstantin Stanislavski gives us when he tells the actor: 

When you’re playing a character who’s cruel, look for the places where he’s kind. When you’re playing a character who is unhappy, look for the places where he has a glint of merriment.

Konstantin Stanislavski

In real life Camilla is perfectly polite, completely honest, profoundly good and very, very sweet; Sharon is vulgar, dishonest, mean and sour. I am convinced that, for Camilla, playing the part of Sharon will be the biggest challenge she has ever faced in her acting, but I am at the same time convinced that her performance will be magnificent and memorable. D!