Bruce W. Bishop

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UNCONVENTIONAL DAUGHTERS:

After a budding journalist marries her stepfather in 1922, she becomes ostracized in her Nova Scotian community and finds her mother has become her rival – and later a threat –  who endangers her future and that of her young son.

Genre: Family Saga / Period Drama

Format: 60-minute serialized, period character drama with ensemble cast

Setting: Nova Scotia and southern Sweden, 1880s – 1930s

Based on the novel Unconventional Daughters (2020) by Bruce W. Bishop. Inspired by a true incident.

UNCOMMON SONS:

Amid the backdrop of a large hotel and a murder mystery, two men start a romantic dalliance in Nova Scotia during the Great Depression. The pressures of being closeted send their lives and careers in drastically different directions. 

Genre: Period Drama / Mystery

Format: 60-minute serialized, period character drama with ensemble cast (and interlinked to Unconventional Daughters)

Setting: Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1935-36

Based on the novel Uncommon Sons (2021) by Bruce W. Bishop

UNDENIABLE RELATIONS

The idealistic daughter of a seafood magnate in 1950s Nova Scotia grapples with her family’s secrets and lies and attempts to find justice for the lives harmed by her criminal father.

GENRE: Mystery / Period Drama

FORMAT: 60-minute serialized, period character drama with ensemble cast (and interlinked to the above two novels)

SETTING: southwestern Nova Scotia, 1956-58

Based on the novel Undeniable Relations, by Bruce W. Bishop, to be published in December 2022

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BIO – Bruce W. Bishop:

The author of the line, “It is never too late to be what you might have been” is still debated today, but no matter who initially coined the phrase, it’s one I firmly believe in.

While living in Toronto in the late 1980s, I wrote a fish-out-of-water screenplay (a dramedy) called Bordering on Friendship that got an letter of intent from distributor Andre Bennett at Cinephile Ltd., a ringing endorsement from the late Daniel Petrie, Sr. in Hollywood, and a very funny phone call from Gordon Pinsent. I self-financed a sample 35mm demo film of 20 minutes based on the script, but it was a “pass” from the funding agencies — and I was in debt.

Life got in the way after that, and I won’t bore you with the details. But I worked as a travel journalist and guidebook author for many years, winning some accolades, and then when the pandemic hit in 2020, I remembered why I wanted to be a screenwriter in the first place. It was to entertain and to tell Nova Scotian tales!

I wrote a novel (Unconventional Daughters) inspired by an incident in Yarmouth, N.S. in the 1920s, and published it but since I wasn’t quite finished with some of the characters, another novel, Uncommon Sons followed, which was released in mid-2021. The latter takes place in Halifax in 1935-36. The third novel in the trilogy followed – Undeniable Relations that is set in Yarmouth, N.S. between 1956 and 1958.

It’s great to be living in my home province, and I may have finally found my tribe right where I belong.

For more information on the novels: getbook.at/unconventional and mybook.to/uncommonsons

Industry Role

  • Writer

Memberships / Certifications

  • Writer's Union of Canada
  • Former President, Travel Media Association of Canada

Identifiers

  • He / Him
  • LGBTQI2S+
  • Fluent in: English