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Stan Douglas making film from Chandler script

Vancouver artist Stan Douglas is working on a film project based on an original Raymond Chandler screenplay. Set in Vancouver, Playback (which was rejected as a script and later reworked into a novel by Chandler) is the story of an American woman who crosses into Canada to escape imprisonment for a murder she didn't commit, only to find herself in the same situation - prime suspect in a murder - in Vancouver.

Using state-of-the-art digital technology, Douglas is computer-generating the locations using archive photographs, then shooting using a green screen.

Chandler's story will be juxtaposed with 1950s Vancouver and the endemic corruption of the police force of the time under notorious police chief Walter Mulligan (who himself fled to the U.S. to avoid conviction).

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Shooting is scheduled for the fall.

An American by birth, Chandler enlisted into the Canadian Army in 1917 and fought on the front line in France. On his return, he was discharged to Vancouver and lived in the city before returning to Los Angeles.

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