Fonds F2950 - Douglas Bowie fonds

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Douglas Bowie fonds

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  • 1967-2012 (Creation)
    Bowie, Douglas

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24.2 m of textual records

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Douglas Bowie was born in Kingston in 1944. Raised predominantly in Ottawa, he returned to Kingston to attend Queen's in 1962 but transferred to Carleton University from where he graduated in 1966. Bowie's writing career began when he entered the CBC Centennial Playwriting Competition while working at an advertising firm in Ottawa. His teleplay, Who Was the Lone Ranger, won a prize which set Bowie onto his professional writing career.
Bowie wrote a succession of film and television dramas, mini-series, feature films, plays and a couple of radio plays. He won an ACTRA in 1984 for Best Writer for the mini-series Empire, Inc., and was a recepient of the 1998 Margaret Collier Award which is presented to a writer for their outstanding body of work in Canadian television. Bowie also edited Best Canadian Screenplays with Tom Shoebridge, and added playwriting to his repertoire in the 1990s. He was the playwright-in-residence at Thousand Islands Playhouse for many years. Bowie has continued to live in Kingston and has been involved with such local organizations asTheatre Kingston, Cinema Kingston, Hope Theatre and the Kingston Tennis club.

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The fonds consists of the professional writing projects that Douglas Bowie has created or been involved with over a fifty year period of his professional career. The fonds is primarily comprised of script material, from early ideas to final drafts, reflecting the scope of Bowie's work from radio plays and small episodic television dramas to the large scale feature films or mini-series and theatrical productions. The material reflects projects which were both produced and unproduced. There is a small amount of collected published materials such as articles and reviews. The material is organized into series based around major and minor projects: [Early CBC and NFB productions]; U-Turn [Girl in Blue]; Micro Blues; Smarties; American Twist; Autumn Practice (unproduced); Counterpoint; Miscellaneous; Empire, Inc.; Contest Eaters (Dream House); Labour of Love (unproduced); Banff Scene- "Perfect Murder"; Hanlan (The Boy In Blue); Love and Larceny; Born for Each Other; Bargain Basement; Obsessed (Hit and Run); Best Canadian Screenplays; Chasing Rainbows; Grand Larceny Love and Larceny III; Must Be Santa; Miscellaneous Scripts, Outlines, Ideas (unproduced); The Rebellion (unproduced); Thunder Bay; The Noble Pursuit; !!Sgodsdogs!!; Goodbye, Piccadilly; Love and Larceny The Musical; Rope's End; Till It Hurts; Somewhere Beyond the Sea; Press Clippings; and, Short Stories, Articles.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Created on 7 Feb. 2018 by Heather Home.

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  • Shelf: 5153.1