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Ringing B.C. fest’s gong for ‘Tong’

Leo loves Dowse's faux doc

VANCOUVER — Helmer Michael Dowse’s mockumentary “It’s All Gone Pete Tong,” about a fictional DJ who goes deaf, won the film category Saturday at the annual Leo awards for the best in the British Columbia film and TV industry.

The Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia doled out a mammoth 91 awards over two days, six more than last year, although the number of entries declined to 749 from 896 in 2004 (Daily Variety, April 26).

In the feature category, Mark A. Lewis was named best helmer and screenwriter for the drama “Ill Fated,” Shawn Ashmore was named actor for “Earthsea” and Helene Joy nabbed female actor for “Desolation Sound.” 

Leos for supporting performances went to Chris Gauthier for “Earthsea” and Jessica Amlee for “The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess.”

“The Collector” won in the TV drama series category. John Cassini was named male actor  for “Robson Arms” and Amanda Tapping female actor for “Stargate SG-1.”

“The Global National With Kevin Newman” was named best TV news package program.

In the documentary competition, “Prisoners of Age” won in the arts/performing arts category and “Being Caribou” in the nature/environment/adventure/science/ technology category.

Studio B’s “Being Ian” was named the top animation program.

The 2005 achievement awards went to the late Bob Scarabelli and the British Columbia Film Commission.

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