"I Told My Mum I Was Going on an R.E. Trip…"


Scotiabank Theatre 13 Fri, May 3, 2019 9:00 PM
TIFF Lightbox 4 Sat, May 4, 2019 12:30 PM
OC, Live captioned Q&A
Film Info
Country Listing:UK
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Program Category:Persister
Film Subjects:Women Trailblazers & Rule Breakers
Health & Healthcare
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Lindy Heymann
Producer(s):Julia Samuels
Justine Potter
Roxanne Moores
Editor(s):Mark Elliott
Writer(s):Julia Samuels
Cinematography:Deepa Keshvala
Composer:Keith Saha
Sound:Keith Saha


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One in three British women will have an abortion in their lifetime, yet the social taboo around it persists. When faced with an unwanted pregnancy, teenagers in particular fear their families' reactions and undergo the procedure in secrecy. Inspired by the successful stage play of the same name, this film fuses delicate subject matter with wicked humour and inventive performance technique. Four young actresses of different ethnic and social backgrounds play interchangeable roles to recount real-life abortion experiences across the UK. Listening to the original recorded interviews through earphones, they repeat the testimonies verbatim and bring the audience as close to the truth as possible. Interweaving spoken word and song, this candid, funny and touching performative doc opens up the conversation around abortion in a thought-provoking way, at a time when reproductive rights are once again under threat. Charlotte Selb

Co-presented with Toronto Fringe Festival.

Persister program presented in partnership with OXFAM CANADA.

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