Allard School of Law alumna Kate Bond (JD' 11) has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Daryl Duke Prize for Trapline, her first screenplay. The prize was created to support up-and-coming film and television writers and comes with a $25,000 award.
“I’m thrilled and honoured to be recognized for this work, as well as very surprised. It’s my first attempt at a screenplay,” Bond 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.”
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.
Bond wrote Trapline over the course of eight weeks in the winter of 2015, while working as a litigator in the Business and Regulatory Law Section. 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. She left litigation in 2015 to focus on writing and currently works part-time as a research lawyer at OnPoint Legal Research Law Corp.
The Prize 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.