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‘Doomstown’ sweeps Gemini Awards

CBC miniseries 'Dragon Boys' also wins big

A hard-hitting CTV movie about guns and violence in a tough housing project was the big winner at the Gemini Awards for drama, variety and comedy Wednesday night in Toronto.

“Doomstown” — a Sarrazin Couture Entertainment production about one young man trying to break out of the cycle of violence — took the prizes for TV movie, director (David Sutherland) and supporting actress (Yanna McIntosh). The main Gemini gala will be held Oct. 28 in Regina, Saskatchewan. Other Gemini awards were doled out at ceremonies Monday and Tuesday in Toronto.

The other big winner at Wednesday’s Geminis was the CBC miniseries “Dragon Boys,” about cops battling Asian gangs. It nabbed the hardware for dramatic miniseries and also netted Ian Weir the trophy for writing.

The third season of the sci-fi series “ReGenesis” also fared well, winning three acting awards. Stephen Amell won for actor in a guest role, Wendy Crewson for supporting actress and Ingrid Kavelaars for actress in a guest role. Two thesps from “The Robber Bride,” adapted from the novel by Canuck author Margaret Atwood, also drew nods. Shawn Doyle nabbed lead actor and Mary-Louise Parker prevailed as lead actress for her role as the villain in the Working Title/Shaftesbury Films production.

Supporting actor nods went to Stephen Ouimette for his performance in season three of the series “Slings & Arrows” and to Jonathan Scarfe for his work in “Above and Beyond.”

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