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Dish: Women, Waitressing & the Art of Service

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Screenings

Fri, Apr 30 10:15 PM
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

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Sat, May 8 2:30 PM
The Royal Cinema

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Sun, May 9 7:30 PM
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

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70 minutes | World Premiere | Rating: PG


Dish delves into Toronto’s diners, Montreal’s “sexy restos,” Paris’ haute eateries, and Tokyo’s fantasy “maid bars” in an insider’s look at gender, power, and the art of service. Former waitress and Gemini award-winning director Maya Gallus dines out and dishes the dirt with waitresses, restaurant owners, and maître d’s about the demands of the job. What’s revealed are the fantasies, desires, and prejudices projected onto women servers—including those of substitute wife, girlfriend, and personal servant. She discovers that as prices on the menu rise and serving acquires the respect and salary of a vocation, the number of women servers declines; the most sophisticated eateries employ only men to serve their well-heeled patrons. From the hustle of a busy truck stop to the discreet hush of a Parisian house of fine dining, Dish serves up a delicious and illuminating look at the lives of women in the restaurant biz. - Lynne Fernie


Media Coverage

Xtra! (Capsule Review), Globe and Mail (Story), Toronto Star (Interview with Director), CityNews (Capsule Review), BlogTO (Capsule Review), NOW Magazine (Review)

Director(s)
Maya Gallus

Producer(s)
Justine Pimlott
Maya Gallus

Writer(s)
Maya Gallus

Cinematographer(s)
Harald Bachmann

Editor(s)
David Kazala

Composer(s)
Keir Brownstone

Sound
Grant Edmonds
Jason Milligan
Justine Pimlott

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