From a media release:
Red Queen Productions presents
DISH - Women, Waitressing & the Art of Service
A documentary feature film directed by Maya Gallus
Toronto Theatrical Engagement
Royal Cinema - 608 College St.
December 1, 2, & 5
(Toronto – November 22, 2010) 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 Royal Cinema: Dec. 1 – 7 pm, Dec. 2 - 9:30 pm, 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.
• Le Boeuf Sur Le Toit, Paris - Sonia
• Housters, Montreal - Krystele
• Royal Milk, Tokyo - Natsumi
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.