Tracy Wright
Molly Parker
Daniel MacIvor
Don McKellar
Callum Keith Rennie
Sarah Polley
Lenore Zahn
Julian Richings


A Shadow Shows/New Real Films Production

Directed By Bruce McDonald
Written By Daniel MacIvor
Produced By Jennifer Jonas, Leonard Farlinger
Executive Producers Dany M. Chiasson, Callum Keith Rennie, Hugh Dillon, Bryan Gliserman
Original Score by Brendan Canning
Editor Matthew Hannam
Director of Photography Jonathon Cliff
Production Designer Rob Gray

Canadian Distributor: eOne Films
International Sales Agent: eOne Films

2010 | 35mm | Color | 78 Minutes


Trigger is the story of a friendship between two women. Victoria “Vic” Sawchyn and Kathryn “Kat” Lake are friends from childhood who started a neighbourhood band together — sort of like the Go-Go’s meet Patti Smith with a little Siouxsie and the Banshees thrown in. Sticking to their rock ‘n’ roll dream, they continued to trade up bands until they began to have real success with a hit single and a European tour. On the tour, things went to hell and, due to egos and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, the band imploded as did the friendship.

Now it’s 10 years later and a local record label is having a benefit concert to honor women in rock; Vic and Kat are expected to attend. They meet for dinner and it is clear that, although there is a desire to make amends, it’s unclear to each of the women who really needs to apologize. As we travel with them on a trip to the concert and a late night after-party, their stories are revealed and the true nature of their friendship is discovered.


Toronto International Film Festival (World Premiere)

WINNER – Outstanding Female Performance, ACTRA Awards
4 NOMINATIONS – Best Actress, Best Actress, Best Editor, Best Original Score
CANADA’S TOP TEN – Toronto International Film Festival Group
NOMINEE – Best Canadian Film, Toronto Film Critics Association
NOMINEE – Best Canadian Film, Director, Actress, Vancouver Critics Circle

“Superb… Witty, moving and immensely satisfying, Trigger is a real gem.”

Brian D. Johnson, Maclean’s

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