Mountain in Thailand

He wanted to go to film school. But when he set about gathering the money to make it happen, his life became a film.

This short documentary details the meteoric rise and subsequent fall of a young Canadian entrepreneur in London.

Creative team

Director: Duncan McDowall
Producer: Before the Wire

Filmmaker’s statement

This is an unusual project: a short doc whose subject almost seems cast. But I assure you he’s not and it’s a true story.

The biggest challenge was deciding what to leave in and what to leave out since there was so much compelling material to choose from.

What I aimed for here was a contrast between the hardened life of organized crime and jail, and the sensual world of massage therapy. I love those oppositions, and this story had it in spades.

Don was a gem to work with – he’s basically born to be in front of the camera – and this film is entirely due to his charisma and, of course, his story.

I hope it’s as fun to watch as it was for me to piece together.

About Duncan McDowall

Duncan McDowall

After growing up a little all over the world, Duncan finally settled in Montreal.

He worked in TV for several years before turning to screenwriting.

Since 2011 he was written, produced and directed seven short films, written two features, and has several series in development.

He’s an award-winning screenwriter and director, and his films have been exhibited in museums, broadcast on TV and screened in festivals worldwide.

Duncan is also the co-founder of Montreal-based creative advertising services studio PAISAN.

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