Fonds UBCA-ARC-1494 - John Hunter fonds

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John Hunter fonds

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2.06 m textual records and other material.

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John Clifford Hunter (September 14, 1938-February 2, 2015) was an award-winning film, television screenwriter and published author. Born in Winnipeg, his family moved to Vancouver following the 1950 Red River Flood. After graduating from Kitsilano High in Vancouver, he continued to the University of British Columbia. He was one of the first graduates to receive his Bachelor of Commerce with an option in Industrial Relations Management at UBC in 1962. After graduation, Hunter moved to Toronto and wrote for Proctor & Gamble (TV programming), The Toronto Star (promotions & public relations), Sears (catalogue writing), and Toronto Calendar Magazine (advertising). His first television writing credit was for Black Phoenix, co-written with Martyn Burke for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1969. He wrote several film scripts, including The Hard Part Begins (1973), Blood & Guts (1978), and Hollywood North (2003). His script for The Grey Fox was published in Best Canadian Screenplays (1992), winning the Canadian Cinema’s Genie Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1983. In 1998 he received the Writers Guild of Canada Top Ten Award for Dead Man’s Gun – Death Warrant.

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Chapelle Jaffe donated these materials. Jaffe organized the fonds into series by project type and provided a reverse chronological arrangement with detailed descriptions included in the fonds and the file list.

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Fonds includes sixty-one literary works dating from 1969 to 2011, including screenplays, teleplays, manuscripts of novels, and non-fiction work along with accompanying correspondence, notes, press, research, photographs, and recordings. Scripts include both produced and unproduced projects. Also included is a small collection of personal material such as drawings and biographical materials with obituaries and tributes for Hunter.

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The donor created the arrangement except for the personal and television series’ and documentary sub-series.

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File 7-3 Body Count – transcripts and audiocassettes 3912-3931 containing original interviews are closed until September 2031.

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Researchers are strongly advised to check with the University Archives regarding permission to publish or otherwise use materials from this fonds.

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File descriptions were adapted from those provided by the donor. The originals can be found in files 7-21.

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Other materials include: 92 photographs; 14 VHS videocassettes; 2 DVDs; 21 audiocassettes, & 4 maps.

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