Bruce W. Bishop
In script development:
When a naïve budding journalist marries her stepfather in 1922, she experiences a societal and family backlash that she must confront in order to save her unorthodox marriage and ensure her future happiness.
Genre: Family Saga / Period Drama
Format: nine hour limited series
Setting: Nova Scotia and southern Sweden, 1880s – 1930s
Based on the novel “Unconventional Daughters” (2020) by Bruce W. Bishop
When two controversial hotel guests are found dead in a guestroom in Atlantic Canada in 1935, the dining room manager who is secretly gay is under suspicion and he must find out what really happened or face the consequences from both his family and his chosen career if his private life is exposed.
Genre: Period Drama / Mystery
Setting: Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1935-36
Based on the novel “Uncommon Sons” (2021) by Bruce W. Bishop
BIO – Bruce W. Bishop:
The author of the line, “It is never too late to be what you might have been” is still debated in 2022, 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.
It’s great to be living in my home province, and I may have finally found my tribe right where I belong.