"A SUSPENSEFUL AND SATISFYING THRILLER" - Toronto Star
"DRONE IS A SIMMERING, ON TARGET DRAMA" - The Globe and Mail
"JASON BOURQUE'S MODEST, PROFICIENT THRILLER "DRONE" SCRUTINIZES THE ETHICS OF WARFARE BY REMOTE CONTROL" - New York Times
A self-proclaimed 80s film nerd with a penchant for horror and sci-fi, award-winning international filmmaker Jason Bourque has written, directed and produced a wide variety of features, television movies, series and documentaries.
In 2007 Jason co-wrote and co-directed the theatrical documentary "Shadow Company" narrated by Gerard Butler. A ground-breaking look into the global soldier of fortune industry, the festival hit (SXSW, Hot Docs) was reviewed favorably in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Variety and has been used as a teaching tool for the US Senate. Jason co-directed "Darwin's Brave New World" for CBC and ABC Australia, an award-winning docu-drama series shot in five countries. "Music for Mandela", his last feature documentary (writer/ director) shot throughout South Africa and won the People's Choice Award at the Amnesty International Film Festival.
A prolific genre screenwriter in Canada, Jason has written 30 produced scripts for series, features, mini-series and MOWs and has several high-profile writing projects slated for 2021. As a script doctor and ghost writer, he has worked on theatrical films with budgets up to 40 million including for famed Marvel producer Avi Arad. His work has aired on Disney XD, SyFy, NBC UK and Lifetime. Recent writing credits include "The Fixer, a mini-series for Sonar Entertainment and episodes for the new high-octane thriller series “Insomnia” for Starz International and Crackle TV .
Working as a dramatic director continues to be Jason's passion. While developing his own feature work, he has directed multiple MOWs for Lifetime, SyFy, Hallmark and Netflix with a focus on the thriller and sci-fi genres. Recent credits include 2 episodes for Hallmark’s series “The Chronicle Mysteries”, Hallmark's "A Christmas Tree Grows In Colorado" (Voted one of Vanity Fair's top Christmas movies of 2020) and the feature “Grand Theft Auto Girls”. His theatrical horror thriller "Black Fly" (writer/director/producer) received a nomination for Best Canadian Film as well as 10 Leo Award nominations. It won for Best Male Lead Actor. Accolades include Best Feature at the Arizona Underground Film Festival and the UBCP / ACTRA Award for Best Newcomer. Jason's latest award-winning political thriller "Drone", (director/co-writer) starring Emmy-award winner Sean Bean, has been an indie success story. Described by New York Times as a “proficient thriller”, “a simmering on-target drama” by Globe and Mail and “a suspenseful and satisfying thriller” by Toronto Star, “Drone” was the #1 Indie and #2 thriller on iTunes after a theatrical release in the US.
Recently Jason directed two episodes of "Medinah", the world's first Arabic / English science fiction series shot in Qatar. It was introduced at Comic-Con International, making the Rolling Stones’ "Top 25 Things to See List". As a producer, upcoming feature releases include the romantic comedy “Godfrey” featuring Iliza Shlesinger and the LGBTQ family drama “When Time Got Louder” starring Willow Shields of the Hunger Games series.