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Rebel Wilson Says Directorial Debut Could Be Banned Before TIFF Premiere

Rebel Wilson Says Directorial Debut Could Be Banned Before TIFF Premiere

Rebel Wilson says supporters of her directorial debut are blocking the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Wilson directed the Australian musical The Deb, which she claims has been selected as the closing film for TIFF 2024. Wilson also claimed that The Deb producers Amanda Ghost and Gregory Cameron and executive producer Vince Holden misappropriated funding from the independent film and attempted to “bury it.” According to Wilson, the trio acted with “absolute malice” and “retaliatory behavior” and withdrew the film from the festival.

IndieWire has reached out to Wilson for additional comment and to TIFF for clarification.

“So you might have noticed that I posted about my film a week ago. It’s the first film that I’ve directed that I’m so proud of, ‘The Deb,’ which is a little Australian musical that’s so sweet,” Wilson said in a social media video, “and it’s amazing that it was chosen to be the closing night of the Toronto Film Festival, which is the best platform for a first-time female director. I mean, that’s huge. That’s huge.”

She continued, “So, it’s one thing to be happy about the film being chosen. But then the business partners involved in the film turn around and say, ‘No, the film can’t premiere,’ it’s just beyond devastating. Why are they saying that? Why aren’t they allowing the premiere in Toronto? Well, it goes back to October of last year when I discovered the misconduct of these business partners. I’m just telling it like it is. So I’ll just tell you who they are, the so-called producers of the film. I use that term very lightly. Their names are Amanda Ghost and Gregory Cameron, and the executive producer who works with them is named Vince Holden. So those are the people involved.”

Wilson added, “And I reported their bad behavior when I found out. It wasn’t small things, it was big things, you know, inappropriate behavior towards the main character (actor) and misappropriation of funds from the film budget that we really needed because we’re a small film. So those were really big things. Since I reported that behavior, I’ve been met with absolute spite and retaliatory behavior. So I’m there on set. I’m trying to make my movie with my wonderful Australian cast and crew, who are so amazing, I salute you all. And yet at every turn, these people that I complained about were trying to make my life hell.”

The actress/producer/director stated that producers “may bury” the final cut of the film.

“But in the meantime, I finished a movie. I made a great movie, ‘The Deb.’ And now, almost at the finish line, they’re saying it can’t be released. They can’t release it, they can bury it,” Wilson said. “This is the work of hundreds of people who have put their heart and soul into it. And this kind of behavior is absolutely vile and disgusting. These people, especially Amanda Ghost, have a history of doing this kind of thing, mostly to music artists, but also to people in the film industry. So the thing is, these people are being forced to sign NDAs or are being intimidated or threatened in some way to not speak up. As you know, I’m not like that. I will not be intimidated. I will speak the truth and warn people about these people in the industry who are just not behaving ethically.”

Wilson concluded, “Yes, that’s my dilemma. If the film doesn’t play in Toronto, it’s because of these complete morons.”

She previously accused her former The Brothers Grimsby co-star Sacha Baron Cohen of threatening to sue her to block the release of her memoir earlier this year.

“I will not be intimidated or silenced by high-priced lawyers or PR crisis managers,” Wilson shared on Instagram Stories earlier this year. “The asshole I talk about in ONE CHAPTER of my book is: Sacha Baron Cohen.”