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Trouble For A Smoke


In a boxcar heading west from Kansas to Colorado convicted felon Archibald Graves sits in chains while his two guards, the young and naive Sam Tate and the grizzled veteran Percival Book, watch over him. Having arrived at their destination Graves awaits his punishment, to be hung by the neck until dead.

As they wait to take the stage Graves sees an opportunity. He asks his guards for a favour - a cigarette - claiming it is necessary to complete his character. Graves sees no difference between live executions and live theatre, and he views himself and his guards as mere characters in the ultimate life and death performance.

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Information for the Audience: 

Trouble For A Smoke is my debut short film 

Filmed entirely in one day on location in Milton, ON


Screenings / Awards: 

Toronto Short Film Festival (2016)

Toronto Independent Short Film Festival (2016)

Toronto Film Week 

National Film Festival for Talented Youth (2016)

NewFilmmakers NY (2016)

Brightside Tavern Film Festival (2016)

Hang on to your Shorts Film Festival (2016)

Genre Celebration Film Festival (2016)

Top Indie Film Awards (2016)


Directed by: 
Matthew Tompkins
Writing credits: 
Matthew Tompkins
Eric Hicks Michal Sorcha James Levesque
Produced by: 
Dylan Pouliot
Cinematography by: 
Mati Kuld
Film Editing by: 
Jayne Clarke
Art Direction by: 
Matthew Tompkins
Release Date: 
Friday, April 1, 2016
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