David Scearce

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David Scearce (born 1965) is a Canadian lawyer and screenwriter.



Scearce earned a business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University before studying law at the University of British Columbia and then joining the Aboriginal Law unit of the Department of Justice's Vancouver office.[1]


In 2000, Scearce decided to write screenplays in his spare time.[1][2] One of his first attempts was an adaptation of a favourite novel—A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood. Don Bachardy, Isherwood's surviving partner who managed the rights to the story, approved of the script and it was then picked up by fashion designer and first-time film director Tom Ford. The final film, A Single Man, starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, was released in December 2009.[3] It received critical acclaim as well as numerous awards and nominations, including a Critics' Choice Movie Award nomination for Best Screenplay and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Screenplay.[2]

In 2013, it was announced that Scearce wrote another screenplay, Measure of a Man, a coming-of-age story set in the 1970s and based on Robert Lipsyte's novel One Fat Summer. The film is to be directed by Terry Loane and star Christina Hendricks.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Scearce was born in Burlington, Ontario and lives in Vancouver, where he continues to work for the Department of Justice.[2]


  1. ^ a b "David Scearce". Clerk of the Privy Council. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Lederman, Marsha (4 December 2009). "David Scearce: White collar by day, red carpet by night". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Eisner, Ken (22 December 2009). "Vancouverite David Scearce succeeds with A Single Man screenplay". The Georgia Straight. Archived from the original on 29 April 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Dionne, Zach (14 June 2013). "Christina Hendricks Heading to the Seventies in Measure of a Man". New York. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 

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