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Have you ever thought about adapting your play for film? Catherine Banks, Nicolas Billon, and Brad Fraser come together to share their experiences in the play to film adaptation process.


February 15th, 2022   |    1pm eastern time    |     Zoom Webinar

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About the Panelists

Catherine Banks was inspired to begin writing plays after she saw a production of Michel Tremblay’s Les Belles-Soeurs. Plays by Catherine Banks have been performed across Canada and include: Miss N’ Me; It Is Solved By WalkingBone CageThree Storey, Ocean View; and Bitter Rose, which aired on Bravo! Canada.  Bone Cage premiered in 2007, and went on to win the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama in 2008. It Is Solved By Walking won the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2012, was translated into Catalan by Tant per Tant, and was one of three Canadian plays to tour Catalonia in 2012. Catherine received Nova Scotia’s Established Artist Award for her body of work in 2008.  Her adaptation of An Enemy of the People, In This Light, premiered at Two Planks and a Passion 2019. Catherine’s newest play Downed Hearts will premiere in 2023. She has adapted Ernest Buckler’s novel The Mountain and the Valley for the stage, and is writing a new play, Downed Hearts and The King of Days. Catherine holds the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (Honorary) from Mount St. Vincent University. Bone Cage was adapted to film by Taylor Olson. It has been nominated for 15 (won 12) Best Feature/Narrative Film Awards on the Indie Film circuit including a Canadian Screen Award (best Adaptation, nom) in 2021.

Nicolas Billon writes for theatre, television, and film. His work has been produced around the world. Nic adapted his first play, The Elephant Song, into a feature film starring Xavier Dolan, Bruce Greenwood, and Catherine Keener. A graduate of the CFC’s Prime Time TV program, Nic wrote for CBC’s WWII spy series X Company and on the reboot of Street Legal.Nic’s work has garnered over a dozen awards, including a Governor-General’s Award for Drama, a Canadian Screen Award, and a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award.

Brad Fraser is an award winning writer/director/host who has worked extensively in various media. Credits include plays; Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, Poor Super Man, True Love Lies, Kill Me Now, and others produced worldwide, film; Love and Human Remains, writer and Leaving Metropolis, writer director, and television; Queer as Folk, writer, story editor and associate producer and Jawbreaker which he hosted for two seasons on Out TV. He has written a number of projects for radio, CBC and BBC, as well as regular columns and stories for Xtra, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and others. He has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, twice listed in Tim Magazine’s Top Ten Plays of the year, and has recently finished his Masters’ degree in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto. Brad’s play, Kill Me Now was nominated for a Governor General’s Award in 2016 and is currently filming in South Korea as well as being in development for a film in Canada. His memoir “All the Rage” has just been released by Penguin/Random House.

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