Still from The Girl Inside
Still from The Girl Inside

Girl Inside

by Maya Gallus
Following 26 year-old Madison as she transitions from male to female
2007  ·  1h10m  ·  Canada
About the Film
Following 26-year-old Madison during a crucial three years of her transition from male to female, GIRL INSIDE is a beautiful film that tracks her emotional, intellectual and spiritual journey of self-discovery that is as important as – if not more than – the physical journey of hormones and surgery. Sharing the spotlight is Vivien, Madison’s glamorous 80-year-old grandmother, who has taken on the job of advising her on all things feminine. While Vivien’s attempts to school Madison in old-fashioned codes of fashion and behavior are often hilarious, the juxtaposition of two vastly different experiences of womanhood, from very different generations, raises profound issues about the nature of gender, femininity and sexuality. Sometimes funny, sometimes painful, this heartwarming coming of age story is both an intimate portrait and a thoughtful exploration of what it means to be a woman. Recommended for courses in transgender and queer studies, gender studies, women’s studies and sociology.
Upcoming Screenings

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Festivals and Awards
Best Direction in a Documentary Program, Best Direction in a Documentary Program
Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax
Hot Docs Int'l Documentary Festival
DOXA - Documentary Film Festival Vancouver Frameline
San Francisco LGBT Film Festival
NewFest - The New York LGBT Film Festival
St. John's International Women's Film Festival
Women's Film Festival In Seoul
Reel Affirmations, DC
Miume Jan Eramo
Maya Gallus and Justine Pimlott
Soundtrack Composer
Keir Brownstone
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About the Director

Maya Gallus

Portrait of Maya Gallus
Portrait of Maya Gallus. photo credit: Courtesy Red Queen Productions

Maya Gallus is a Toronto-based, award-winning filmmaker whose most recent feature documentary, The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution, was official opening night selection for the 2018 Hot Docs Film Festival and Hot Docs UK, as well as opening night film for the 2019 Berlinale Culinary Cinema.

In 2017, she was honoured with a mid-career “Focus On” retrospective of her work at Hot Docs, including Girl Inside (recipient of the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social Political Documentary); the Genie-nominated feature Erotica: A Journey Into Female Sexuality;  Dish- Women, Waitressing & the Art of Service;  Derby Crazy Love; and the award-winning docufiction portraits Elizabeth Smart: On The Side of the Angels and The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche.

Red Queen Productions was formed in 2003 by Maya Gallus and Justine Pimlott to create provocative, critically acclaimed documentaries that bring marginalized subjects to the mainstream with beauty, integrity and an open heart.  Red Queen films screen internationally and have been featured in The Guardian (UK); The Independent on Sunday (UK); Japan Vogue; Gourmet Traveller (Australia); Food & Wine; Ms. Magazine; Bust and Salon; as well as on the cover of Now Magazine; Xtra and POV.

An alumnae of the Canadian Film Centre and Women in the Director’s Chair, Maya Gallus’s journalism has appeared in Toronto Life, The Globe & Mail, the San Francisco Chronicle, and, most recently, POV, featuring essays on the cinematic legacies of Agnes Varda and Chantal Akerman.

photo credit: Courtesy Red Queen Productions

Other films by Maya Gallus


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