CBC TV movie The Phantoms, based on the story of the New Brunswick high school basketball team who rallied to win a provincial championship a year after a bus crash which took the lives of seven players and the coach's wife, has won an award for screenwriting.
The Phantoms writer Andrew Wreggitt won the award for best movie or miniseries, one of 10 Canadian Screenwriting Awards handed out Monday night by the Writers’ Guild of Canada.
The film was controversial because some Bathurst, N.B., residents, including parents of the boys who died in a crash in 2008, said it was shot too soon after the real tragedy.
Wreggitt, who also wrote Mayerthorpe and The Don Cherry Story for TV, was honoured at a gala in Toronto hosted by Ryan Belleville.
In the TV drama category, the winner was The L.A. Complex, written by Martin Gero, a now-cancelled series about a group of young would-be actors and entertainers who all live in the same Los Angeles apartment building.
The co-creators of Flashpoint, Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern, were recognized with the Showrunner Award for their creative vision over the five seasons of the show. The CTV-CBS police procedural wrapped up its run last December.
Yannick Bisson of Murdoch Mysteries, Sergio Di Zio of Flashpoint, Erica Durance of Saving Hope and Dave Lawrence of Fubar were among the presenters at the screenwriting awards gala.
Other winners named Monday:
- Shorts and webseries: YouTube-based kids’ series Ruby Skye P.I.: The Haunted Library, "#Creepy," written by Julie Strassman-Cohn & Jill Golick.
- TV comedy: Less Than Kind, "Jerk Chicken," written by Kim Coghill.
- Animation: Sidekick, "I Sidebot," written by Dan Williams and Lienne Sawatsky.
- Children and youth: How to be Indie, "How to Make a Christmas Miracle," written by John May and Suzanne Bolch.
- Documentary: A Sorry State, written by Mitch Miyagawa.
- Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize (which awards development money to an unshot screenplay): Wild Medicine by Adam Garnet Jones.