Bloodlines

8:30pm Saturday, September 17 on TV One

Tonight’s Saturday movie, Bloodlines, is based on the true story of a South African born psychiatrist who, in Dunedin at the beginning of the new millennium, committed what he believed was the perfect murder.

The philandering Dr Colin Bouwer employed his medical knowledge – over a period of months late in 1999 and early 2000 – to systematically poison his wife Annette using insulin.

New Zealand’s ‘Doctor Death’ almost got away with it – but his undoing came in the form of two Dunedin men: the young hospital doctor who refused to sign Annette Bouwer’s death certificate, and instead ordered a last minute post mortem, and the Dunedin police officer who wasn’t the incompetent buffoon the arrogant Dr Bouwer suspected.

In 2001 Colin Bouwer was sentenced to 15 years non-parole. The jury’s decision to convict was amongst the fastest in New Zealand legal history. In a bizarre coincidence Dr Bouwer’s son from a previous marriage was tried – in South Africa – at the same time for the murder of his wife.

The drama is directed by Peter Burger (Until Proven Innocent) and stars Mark Mitchinson (Eruption) as Colin Bouwer, Nathalie Boltt (District 9) as the victim Annette, Craig Hall (Show of Hands) as the young doctor and Will Hall (Nothing Trivial) as the police detective.

The writer behind The Jaquie Brown Diaries has added another award to his collection this year, winning Best Television Comedy Script at last night’s New Zealand Scriptwriters Awards.

Gerard Johnstone picked up two awards for the TV3 comedy series earlier this year at the Qantas Film and Television Awards.

TVNZ’s Bloodlines has also been honoured at the industry awards last night, taking out the prize for Best Television Drama Script for writers Donna Malane and Paula Boock.

Bloodlines, which screened earlier in the year, centred on the real life story of psychiatrist Dr Colin Bouwer who poisoned his wife.

Film awards were also handed out, with Briar Grace-Smith edging out Taika Waititi in the Best Feature Film Script category for her film The Strength of Water.

Source: Herald

This Wednesday the best of the country’s scriptwriters will be honoured at the New Zealand Scriptwriters Awards.

The ceremony, put on by the New Zealand Writers Guild, will be the first of its kind in this country, dedicated purely to the writers behind our favourite local TV shows, films and theatre shows.

“The whole awards come from us wanting to celebrate the achievements of our members, and to create a strong profile for writers in New Zealand,” says NZWG Executive Director Steven Gannaway.

The awards are part of a push by the NZWG to promote and gain recognition for the people behind the scenes who create these stories for us to watch on our screens and in theatres.

“One of the key things we’re looking to improve for writers is not only the rates they get paid, but their ability to retain control of their material, at least in the early stages of development,” said Gannaway.

Both local and international members of the industry have made up the judging panel for the awards.

 

Here is the full list of nominees:

 

Best Feature Film Script

Gaylene Preston Home By Christmas 

Mike Riddell The Insatiable Moon 

Briar Grace-Smith The Strength of Water

Taika Waititi Boy 

 

Best Short Film Script: 

Sam Peacocke Manurewa

James Blick Roof Rattling

Paul Stanley Ward Choice Night

 

Best Play: 

Pip Hall The 53rd Victim 

Natalie Medlock and Dan Musgrove Christ Almighty! 

Fiona Samuel Ghost Train

 

Best TV Comedy Script: 

Kate McDermott Go Girls (Series 2, Episode 9)

Gerard Johnstone The Jaquie Brown Diaries (Episode 4)

 

Best TV Drama Script: 

Rachel Lang Outrageous Fortune (Series 5, episode 17) 

James Griffin Outrageous Fortune (Series 5, Episode 16)

Donna Malane and Paula Boock Bloodlines

New Writer Award: 

 

Sam Peacocke Manurewa

Natalie Medlock and Dan Musgrove Christ Almighty!

Mike Riddell The Insatiable Moon

 

Industry Mentorship Award: 

Rachel Lang 

Roger Horrocks

Glenis Giles

 

Source: Herald

8:30pm Thursday, July 22 on TV One

TV ONE’s new local one-off drama, Bloodlines (tonight on TV ONE at 8.30pm), is based on the true story of a South African-born psychiatrist who, in Dunedin at the beginning of the new millennium, committed what he believed was the perfect murder.

The philandering Dr Colin Bouwer employed his medical knowledge – over a period of months late in 1999 and early 2000 – to systematically poison his wife Annette using insulin.

New Zealand’s ‘Doctor Death’ almost got away with it – but his undoing came in the form of two Dunedin men: the young hospital doctor who refused to sign Annette Bouwer’s death certificate, and instead ordered a last-minute post mortem, and the Dunedin police officer who wasn’t as stupid as the arrogant Dr Bouwer suspected.

In 2001 Colin Bouwer was sentenced to 15 years non-parole. The jury’s decision to convict was amongst the fastest in New Zealand legal history. In a bizarre coincidence, Dr Bouwer’s son from a previous marriage was tried and convicted – in South Africa – at the same time for killing his wife.

Nathalie Boltt (District 9), who plays Annette Bouwer, was drawn to Bloodline’s strong script and the chance to portray a real person. “I hadn’t had the opportunity to work on true story before and this is a really interesting and bizarre story. Also, I often end a up playing very strong female roles, and I felt that she [Annette] was a more fragile person, a soft person. It was nice to do something different and play that role, to play a woman who loved her husband and trusted him completely.”

Boltt was able to view footage of Annette Bouwer’s children speaking about their mother and look at a few pictures to get to grips with her character. “In one picture, she and Colin are on holiday, looking very relaxed and happy and like a couple in love. So I just tried to go from there. I thought yep, she was in love with her husband, and as far as she knew they were having a honeymoon lifestyle. They were going to grow old together and die together.”

The drama is directed by Peter Burger (Until Proven Innocent) and stars Mark Mitchinson (Tracker, Spartacus) as Colin Bouwer, Nathalie Boltt (District 9) as the victim Annette, Craig Hall (Show Of Hands) as the young doctor and Will Hall (Shortland Street) as the police detective.