Born in Cairo, Egypt on July 19, 1960, internationally acknowledged film director Atom Egoyan arrived with his family in Victoria, B.C. at age two. Prior to emerging as a leading player in the Canadian film industry during the 1980s and 1990s, he made his first 8mm film called Lusts of an Eunuch while attending Mount Douglas Secondard School in Victoria. Egoyan's parents ran "Ego Interiors," a sophisticated furnishing store in Victoria in the late 1960s and 1970s.

His films have included Next of Kin, Family Viewing, Speaking Parts, The Adjustor, Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter, Felicia's Journey, Ararat and Calendar. Reportedly The Adjustor was inspired by arson that destroyed his mother's interior design business on Fort Street in Victoria. Also according to Ross Crockford's Victoria: The Unknown City, his murder-mystery Where the Truth Lies was influenced by his teenage stint as a houseboy [bellhop?] at the Empress Hotel. Egoyan received the Order of Canada in 1999.

With Ian Balfour, an associate professor in Toronto, Egoyan co-edited Subtitles: On the Foreigness of Film (Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2004).

[BCBW 2004] "Film"