Vancouverite wins $25,000 Daryl Duke Prize

(Vancouver) — Vancouver resident Kate Bond has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Daryl Duke Prize, an award created to support up-and-coming Canadian film and television writers, for Trapline, her first screenplay. The prize comes with a $25,000 award.

Trapline, set in the remote Yukon wilderness, is the story of 17-year-old Scarlett Laurie’s decision to take over her deceased grandfather’s abandoned trapline. Midway through her first trapping season, Scarlett’s solitary contentment is shattered by the arrival of her recently-paroled foster brother, Mike Ayling, the trapline’s legal owner. For a time the two attempt to work the trapline in partnership, but as their attempts at reconciliation fail, their rival claims escalate into a bitter and increasingly violent struggle over a lost birthright. Read more.


Vancouver writer scores Daryl Duke prize for first screenplay

Source: Vancouver Sun

Sometimes, summer jobs can really pay off. That is certainly the case for Vancouver’s Kate Bond, who drew on several years spent working as a tree planter in northern B.C., a historical tour guide in the Yukon, and a wildfire lookout in Alberta to craft her first screenplay, Trapline, which has been awarded the $25,000 Daryl Duke Prize.

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Vancouver lawyer uses daily bus commute to write prize-winning screenplay

Source: The Globe and Mail

Kate Bond is a Vancouver lawyer, the mother of a young child – and an aspiring writer. She has written eight novels, showing most of them to nobody. In the winter of 2015, she decided to try her hand at screenwriting. She was busy – with a full-time job working as a litigator at the federal Department of Justice, an 18-month-old son who wasn’t always sleeping through the night, and a husband who worked night shifts as a firefighter. Still, over the course of eight weeks, Ms. Bond wrote most of the first draft of a film script during her commute.

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Ride bus. Write screenplay. Win big: Kate Bond’s story

Source: National Observer

Kate Bond has the kind of voice that dances joyfully all over the vocal register, fiercely introspective yet disarmingly whimsical. “Writing a screenplay is very different from writing a novel. There’s so much white space on the page,” said the 34-year-old lawyer and writer from Vancouver.

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Changing the world, one story at a time

The Daryl Duke Foundation will award a prize of $25,000 for excellence in either a treatment or a screenplay for an unproduced long-form dramatic film telling a fictional story.

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Daryl Duke: A True Canadian Original

The Daryl Duke Prize Jury:


R.H. Thomson, Chair

R.H. Thomson has been one of Canada’s leading actors for three decades, performing extensively on stage, television and film, and winning awards for acting, directing and writing. His work encompasses a wide range of roles as an actor, as well as a career as a director, narrator and television host. An arts advocate and activist, Robert has toured extensively with the baroque orchestra Tafelmusik and leads an international project of remembrance for the 1914-18 War, The World Remembers. 


Colin Browne

Colin Browne is a professor emeritus in the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser university where he has taught production, screenwriting, critical writing and Canadian and documentary cinema. Founder of the Praxis Centre for Screenwriters, he is active in the preservation and conservation of archival film. He serves on the boards of Creative BC and the Vancouver International Film Festival.


Patricia Gruben

Patricia Gruben is an associate professor of film in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, and director of Praxis Centre for Screenwriters, a professional development program at SFU. She has written and directed three feature-length films and a number of experimental shorts, along with recent work in theatre and interactive installation. She has published several articles on narrative structure in Canadian and international cinema, and runs a regular SFU field school in India.

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