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

Source: The Globe and Mail

By MARSHA LEDERMAN

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. read more…

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

Source: National Observer

By Carl Meyer

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. read more…

Vancouverite wins $25,000 Daryl Duke Prize

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(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.

“I’m thrilled and honoured to be recognized for this work, as well as very surprised.  It’s my first attempt at a screenplay,” Kate said.  “I’m especially happy that the jury liked my protagonist, a self-reliant woman and northerner.  I’m deeply grateful to the Daryl Duke Foundation for this opportunity to take the story further.”

Kate, 34, was born and raised in Vancouver.  While studying English at the University of British Columbia, she took on various summer jobs in northern B.C. and Yukon, including tree planting and historical tour guiding.  After graduating, Kate worked for several years as a wildfire lookout near Lesser Slave Lake in northern Alberta before deciding to study law.  Kate has worked as a judge’s clerk at the B.C. Court of Appeal and later as a litigator at the federal Department of Justice.  She left litigation in 2015 to focus on writing and currently works part-time as a research lawyer.

Kate wrote Trapline over the course of eight weeks in the winter of 2015, while still working as a litigator.  With a toddler at home, a partner working night shifts, and days spent in a downtown office, she wrote most of the first draft while commuting to and from work on Vancouver’s #20 bus, which runs up Commercial Drive and along Hastings Street on its way downtown.  When she could find a seat on the bus, she had twenty-five minutes each way to write her story and, she says, help ease her longing for her solitary lookout cabin in the northern woods.

The Daryl Duke Foundation announced the launch of the Daryl Duke Prize in 2016, to honour the memory of the late Daryl Duke, a distinguished Emmy Award-winning Canadian film and television creator from Vancouver who worked all over the world creating film and television magic. Among his creations was the series Thorn Birds.

“Daryl dedicated his life to storytelling and building a Canada with its own integrity, sovereignty and culture. We created this Prize to cherish his memory and to further his mission,” said Anne-Marie Dekker, who is a director of the Foundation and Daryl’s widow.

The Prize, in the amount of $25,000, recognizes excellence in a screenplay for an unproduced long-form dramatic film telling a fictional story. The Prize is intended to allow the winner time and support with which to complete a new draft of the intended work, a copy of which is to be submitted subsequently to the jury.

The Daryl Duke Prize jury is chaired by RH Thomson, one of Canada’s leading actors who has performed extensively on stage, television and film for more than three decades. Colin Browne, professor emeritus in the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, and Patricia Gruben, associate professor of film in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, round out the jury.

The jury selected Trapline through a blind process from among one hundred entries submitted by the September 30, 2016 deadline.

Information about the 2018 Daryl Duke Prize will soon be posted at www.daryldukeprize.ca.

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For information:
Jim Thompson
613-567-9592
jim@DarylDukeFoundation.ca

Media Advisory – Vancouverite wins $25,000 Daryl Duke Prize

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(Vancouver) – A Vancouver resident 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.  The prize comes with a $25,000 award.

The identity of this year’s winner will be announced at 10:00 am Pacific Daylight Time on Thursday, March 30th, at www.daryldukeprize.ca.

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For more information:

Jim Thompson 613-567-9592
jim@DarylDukeFoundation.ca

First $25,000 Daryl Duke Prize winner announced

MarkToronto — Mark Hoffe, a writer, director, and producer born and bred in Newfoundland and Labrador is the winner of the first ever Daryl Duke Prize, a new award created to support up and coming Canadian film and television writers.

Hoffe has won the prize for his screenplay No Voices in the Sky. The prize comes with a $25,000 award that will allow Hoffe to further develop his screenplay with the ultimate goal of producing a feature length dramatic film.

No Voices in the Sky is a family tragedy, road movie, and coming-of-age love story about a tough but tender sixteen-year-old metalhead who abandons his troubled family life and hits the road with his first love in search of artistic success and his hero Lemmy Kilmister in L.A.

“It’s an honour and a privilege that the jury chose my screenplay. The support will no doubt propel this project forward in an ideal manner, and there’s a certain maverick justice in Daryl Duke meets a screenplay inspired by Motörhead,” said Hoffe.

Created to honour the memory of the late Daryl Duke, a distinguished Canadian film and television creator, the Prize is awarded to the winner of a juried competition among entries by Canadian writers of a treatment or screenplay for an unproduced long-form dramatic fictional film.

“Daryl Duke was a one-of-a-kind patriot who dedicated his life to storytelling and building a Canada with its own integrity and its own sovereignty and culture. We created this Prize to cherish his memory and to further his mission,” said Noreen Golfman, chair of the Daryl Duke Foundation.

Hoffe co-founded Mad Mummer Media in 2009. His short film Snarbuckled (2010) premiered at the 30th Atlantic Film Festival and was praised by John N. Smith (Dangerous Minds, Random Passage) as “Widely imaginative, funny. Gorgeous cinematography. Reminds me of the young Terry Gilliam.”

Hoffe’s other credits under Mad Mummer include writer, director, and producer for the documentary The Needle and the Damage Undone (2012), writer and creative director for Newfoundland’s first interactive digital documentary Bubble Dancers (2014) – co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada – and writer for Away from Everywhere (2016), a dramatic feature film directed by Justin Simms and starring Shawn Doyle, Joanne Kelly, and Jason Priestley.

In 2016, Hoffe launched Rogue Rock Pictures to write, direct, and produce feature films and documentaries with international appeal. No Voices in the Sky is the first film under that banner.

The Daryl Duke Prize jury is chaired by R.H. Thomson, one of Canada’s leading actors who has performed extensively on stage, television and film for more than three decades. Colin Browne, professor emeritus in the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, and Patricia Gruben, associate professor of film in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, round out the jury.

Information about the 2017 Daryl Duke Prize is available at www.daryldukeprize.ca.

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For information:

Jim Thompson
613-567-9592
jim@DarylDukeFoundation.ca

CBC News: Local screenwriter Mark Hoffe wins $25K prize

May 4, 2016

The first ever Daryl Duke Prize has been awarded to a Newfoundlander and Labradorian.

The $25,000 award will help Mark Hoffe develop his fictional screenplay, No Voices in the Sky, into a feature-length film.

“There’s a certain maverick justice in Daryl Duke meets a screenplay inspired by Motörhead,” said Hoffe in a news release.

“It’s an honour and a privilege that the jury chose my screenplay.”

No Voices in the Sky

No Voices in the Sky is about a 16-year-old music junkie who sets off to find Motörhead frontman, Lemmy Kilmister in Los Angeles. The teenager leaves his family behind but takes his first love along for the ride.

It’s not Hoffe’s first foray into film. His 2010 short, Snarbuckled, was chosen for the 30th Atlantic Film Festival.

He’s also worked on a couple of documentaries and the feature film, Away from Everywhere, that’s yet to be released.

The prize for up-and-coming artists was created in honour of the late Daryl Duke, a British Columbia-born, Emmy award-winning film and television creator and director who worked in the industry for more than 50 years.

A three-person jury determines who wins the award from entries across the country.

The Daryl Duke Foundation is chaired by Noreen Golfman, known for her work with the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.

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Newfoundlander wins $25,000 Daryl Duke Prize

St. John’s — The first ever Daryl Duke Prize to support excellence among up and coming Canadian film and television writers will be awarded to a Newfoundlander this week.

The Prize has been created to honour the memory of the late Daryl Duke, a distinguished Canadian film and television creator.

Awarded annually to a Canadian (or permanent resident) writer of a treatment or screenplay for an unproduced long-form dramatic fictional film, the Prize will allow the winner time and support to further develop his or her work.

The Daryl Duke Prize has another connection to Newfoundland; Noreen Golfman, Memorial University’s provost and vice-president (academic), chairs the Daryl Duke Foundation, sponsor of the Prize.

The announcement of the first winner will take place on Wednesday, May 4th at 10:00 am NDT by press release.

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For information:

Jim Thompson
613-567-9592
jim@daryldukefoundation.ca