(L to R) Adam Tomlinson, Tasso Lakas (producer), Brigitte Kingsley (producer) and Nick Baillie (actor) at Cinefest Sudbury, one of five movie festivals at which The Man In The Shadows has been shown.
Adam Tomlinson’s ‘The Man In The Shadows” opens March 25
By Mike Williscraft
Like all brilliant students who have a poly sci/archaeology degree, and a law degree as a kicker, Adam Tomlinson’s career path seemed a natural.
“Law school was supposed to be a practical back-up in case I couldn’t be Indiana Jones,” said Tomlinson, also a graduate of Grimsby Secondary School and St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School.
“But I hated law school, so I took a comedy script writing course at Humber College and started doing stand-up comedy,” said Tomlinson, during an interview at Judge and Jester.
J&J will play host to an after party both Friday and Saturday, March 25-26, when his “The Man In The Shadows” full-length psychological thriller has its Ontario opening night at Station One in Grimsby.
The movie, in a somewhat backward manner, was part of Tomlinson’s master plan.
“I knew in second year law I wanted to get into writing,” said Tomlinson.
After graduating from University of British Columbia, he moved to Toronto and invested three years to develop his craft and got a break when he was cast in a recurring role in Scare Tactics.
“The very first person I recall taking to on the set was Brigitte Kingsley,” said Tomlinson, who noted she would become a producer of his first film, “The Man In The Shadows”.
Since Brigitte and her husband, Andrew, had produced other work, following through with them on his film script was a perfect fit.
The film, which deals with the theme of a recurring dream had by many around the world – a man in a hat, a shadow so as to conceal identity which comes to people in their sleep.
“There is a whole subculture about this man,” said Tomlinson.
“For some it is an old hag, who sits on people’s chests. Generally, the feeling is negative or the man in the hat, but nobody seems to know what it means.”
From his first movie premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, to his Ontario premiere later this month at Station One Coffeehouse, Tomlinson said it has been an amazing ride.
He already has a sequel in the works, but everything is contingent on how things go with the first offering.
Showings will be March 25 at 7 p.m. and March 26 at both 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available at J&J as well as Station One, or call Adam, who has now moved back to Grimsby, at 647-717-0335.