24. February 2016 · Comments Off on #52FilmsByWomen #CdnTwist 7 – Girls’ Night Out (director: Phyllis Ellis) · Categories: #52filmsbywomen, Documentaries, Television

This year, I joined thousands of other film fans who have taken on the challenge to watch 52 films directed by women in 2016.  It’s part of a campaign using the hashtag #52filmsbywomen.  I’m throwing in an additional twist and making them all Canadian films.

My selection for film 7 is the film Girls’ Night Out (2016) by director Phyllis Ellis.

Girls’ Night Out is billed as a feature-length POV documentary, an all access journey into the lives of young women and binge drinking.  The film features the first person narratives from women who talk about the epidemic proportions binge drinking has risen to in recent years.  Some of the statistics sited in the press about the film include:

  • Alcohol is the leading cause of death for women 18-24 in the Americas
  • The rate of binge drinking among women has increased more than seven times than in men in the past 10 years
  • 20% of young women who binge drink will meet the criteria for alcohol use disorder

Director Phyllis Ellis is a Donald Brittain Award-winning filmmaker who drew her inspiration from Canadian journalist, author Ann Dowsett Johnston‘s best-selling book Drink, The Intimate Relationship between Women and Alcohol.  The film is produced by Emmy-Award winning White Pine Pictures.

“I was captivated and deeply impacted by the book. It spoke to me as a mother, a woman, and a filmmaker. Everyone has a relationship with alcohol. It’s ubiquitous in our culture and we’re affected by it in different ways. I knew I had to explore the world further.” – Phyllis Ellis

Here’s the trailer.

The film has it’s broadcast premiere on CBC TV on Thursday February 26th at 9pm and will be followed by an online discussion (details here and on the Facebook page for the film.) Use the CONTACT US page or the comments sections on Facebook/YouTube to let me know what you think of the film and/or to recommend other Canadian films directed by women that should be on the list.  Also include a link to where they are available on SVOD or VOD so we can check them out.

If you would like to follow along as I add to the list, subscribe to Ottawa Indie Fest’s YouTube channel.

Cheers, Jith.

Posts for #52filmsbywomen Canadian twist so far:

#1 Sabah: A Love Story (2005) by director Ruba Nadda

#2  The Whistleblower (2005) by director Larysa Kondracki

#3  The Altruist (2015) by director Micheline Lanctôt

#4  Double Happiness (1994) by director Mina Shum

#5  Hi-Ho Mistahey! (2013) by Alanis Obomsawin

#6  Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008) by Kari Skogland

#7  Girls’ Night Out (2016) by Phyllis Ellis
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