Red Queen Productions
DISH – Women, Waitressing & the Art of Service
A documentary feature film directed by Maya Gallus
Toronto Theatrical Engagement
December 1, 2, & 5
608 College St.
She may be the first woman you see in the morning, or the last you see at night. She feeds us, wipes after us, bullies us. She is the eternal waitress, and she is the star of this documentary. DISH – Women, Waitressing & the Art of Service has been a festival favourite since its debut at Toronto’s Hot Docs, now the film by Maya Gallus returns home to Toronto’s The Royal:
Dec. 1 -7 pm, Dec. 2 – 9:30pm, Dec. 5 – 9 pm.
The waitress is an enduring pop culture icon. But beyond the stereotypes, what does her role in our lives say about us and our view of women? Director Gallus, a former waitress herself, introduces us to women on the job who dish about their experiences, revealing the fantasies and desires that customers project onto female servers – substitute wife…girlfriend…servant.
In North America, the service industry is female-dominated. But the majority of women are relegated to the lower end – truck stops, diners and bars. The more sophisticated the dining experience, the more respect and money the server commands – and the more likely the server is to be a man.
DISH takes us from the iconic ‘eggs-over-easy’ diner and truck stop waitresses in Toronto to the gritty and glamorous “sexy resto” serveuses in Montreal. DISH also takes the viewer to the elite world of haute cuisine in Paris (where female servers are simply unacceptable) and the bizarre maid cafes of Tokyo (where modern-day geisha tread a fine line between the art of service and servitude).
Enter their world. Experience life on the other side. You’ll never look at a waitress in the same way again.
Since Hot Docs, the film has screened as an official entry in some major festivals around the world:
Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal (RIDM), Montreal; DOK Leipzig, Germany; Bergen International Film Festival, Norway; Mujeres en Direccion, (part of Cuenca International Film Festival), Spain, and the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, Newfoundland.
Director Maya Gallus won a Gemini Award for Best Direction In A Documentary for her feature-length film, Girl Inside. The film premiered at Hot Docs, launched the 2007 season of The View From Here on TVO and has played at festivals worldwide. Maya’s provocative feature-length documentary Erotica: A Journey Into Female Sexuality, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for a Genie for Best Feature-Length Documentary and for Best Arts Documentary at Hot Docs. The film screened theatrically in Toronto, San Francisco, San Sebastian and Tokyo and was broadcast in Canada, the U.S. and internationally. Maya’s first film, Elizabeth Smart: On The Side of the Angels, which she co-produced, directed and wrote, premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival, and screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, Canada House – UK, Festival des Films Sur L’Art, and others. On The Side of the Angels won Best Production of the Festival, Best Documentary and Best Editing at the Yorkton Golden Sheaf Awards, as well as Best Narration at the Atlantic Film Festival and was nominated for a Gemini for Best Direction. Other credits for Maya include the critically acclaimed six part series Punch Like a Girl, for which she and co-director/co-producer Justine Pimlott received two Gemini Nominations for Best Direction In A Documentary Series.
Maya Gallus – Filmography
Girl Inside – 2007
Punch Like a Girl (co-director) – 2002
Full Circle: The Untold Story of the Dionne Quintuplets – 1998
Erotica: A Journey Into Female Sexuality – 1997
Barbara Ann Scott: Queen of the Blades – 1997
The Very Dead of Winter – 1993
Elizabeth Smart: On the Side of the Angels – 1991
DISH is Directed by Maya Gallus, and Produced by Justine Pimlott. The Editor is David Kazala, Cinematographer is Harald Bachmann, Original Music by Keir Brownstone. Also featuring The Waitress by Jane Siberry
About Red Queen Productions:
Red Queen Productions Inc. is a multiple-awarding winning documentary production company based in Toronto and headed by partners Maya Gallus and Justine Pimlott. Red Queen produces provocative, cutting-edge documentaries about social issues, culture and the arts for broadcast, theatrical and educational exhibition. Their films have shown and premiered in numerous international film festivals including Hot Docs and TIFF, and on broadcasters such as CBC, SRC, Showcase, IFC, TVO, and Global Television. Some previous films include: Punch Like a Girl ,Fag Hags: Women Who Love Gay Men, Girl Inside, and Cat City. Their most recent feature documentary Dish: Women, Waitressing & the Art of Service had its World Premiere at Hot Docs International Documentary festival in April 2010.