GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT

“Girls’ Night Out tackles the prevalent and often dangerous culture of binge drinking and young women, with the eye of a reporter, the curiosity of an anthropologist, and the sometimes-wounded heart of a teenage girl.”

CBC Firsthand

“The most disturbing moment in Girls’ Night Out for me was not the sight of young women in tank tops funnelling booze. It was a quote from a student who said the lure of alcohol was so great that on a sunny day she would say, “Oh it’s nice outside. I want a drink.”

Now that’s scary.”

Judith Timson

Toronto Star

“Indeed, Girls’ Night Out names the problem, but it focuses on the “whys” behind it.

Jen Zoratti

Winnipeg Free Press


TV-Length Documentary
Produced with CBC Television’s “First Hand”

SYNOPSIS

An intimate, all-access journey into the lives of young women and binge drinking, Girls’ Night Out is a deeply personal point of view documentary directed by Phyllis Ellis (About Her). In Girls’ Night Out young women reveal not only how they binge, but why.  The film explores the glamorization of drinking through celebrity pop culture, target marketing by alcohol companies and how excessive drinking has become the go-to solution in this self-medicating, low self-esteem, anxiety-driven culture.

Binge drinking among young women is an epidemic which has become crushingly normalized.  The statistics are alarming:  Alcohol is the leading cause of death for women age 18-24 in the Americas.  Alcohol is involved in 9 out of 10 campus rapes. Nearly 14 million US women binge drink 3 times a month. (Source: U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

Girls’ Night Out is directed by Donald Brittain Award-winner Phyllis Ellis (About Her) and produced by Emmy-Award-winning filmmaker Peter Raymont, with Andrew Munger and Barri Cohen. The film is inspired and informed by Canadian journalist and author Ann Dowsett Johnston’s best-selling DrinkThe Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol (Top Ten book of 2015 – The Washington Post).

With unprecedented access inside binge drinking culture, Ellis follows four university students engaged in binging, as well as women now in recovery.  She examines this prevalent and dangerous culture with the eye of a reporter, the curiosity of an anthropologist, and the sometimes-wounded heart of a teenage girl.

 Girls’ Night Out features the stories of women like Jen McNeely, founder of the popular website ‘She Does the City’. Now 36, Jen recalls going to the school nurse who asked her how much she was drinking; “it was like 35, 40 drinks a week. She advised me to go to Alcoholics Anonymous”.  

Kelsi Byers now a 28-year-old PR professional sought treatment after passing out and waking up in jail when someone drugged her drink.  And Cara McArthur, an actress, cites her attraction to drinking from ads and TV shows glamorizing pop culture figures like Rihanna and The Kardashians.

Girls’ Night Out also features Sarah Hepola, author of Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank To Forget, who highlights the power of the brand of single, empowered ladies “Suddenly you were Carrie Bradshaw – you drank a lot, you had marauding sexual adventures. You’re living the life.”


CREDITS

Director/Writer
Phyllis Ellis

Producers
Peter Raymont, Andrew Munger, Barri Cohen

Inspired by “Drink” by Anne Dowsett Johnson
(2013 Ten Best Books list, Washington Post)
& “Blackout”, by Sarah Heppola
(New York Times Bestseller, 2015)

TRAILER

PHOTOS

PREVIOUS SCREENINGS
Thursday, February 25th, 2016
TV Broadcast
CBC DOCS – Firsthand
PRESS

Meet the Girls Night Out Town Hall Panel Participants
CBC Firsthand
Staff
February 24, 2016

Dear eighteen year old me
CBC Firsthand
Staff
February 24, 2016

52 Films By Women Girls Night Out
Ottawa Indie Fest
Jith
February 24, 2016

Girls Night Out by Leaside filmmaker airs Thursday
South Bayview Bulldog
Staff
February 23, 2016

Girls Night Out Why I Decided to be in a documentary about binge drinking
She Does the City
Jen McNeely
February 23, 2016

Cheers Fears and Tears
Winnipeg Free Press
Jen Zoratti
February 23, 2016

What She Said/ Sirius XM
Christine Bently, Sharon Caddy
February 22, 2016

New face of alcoholism is young and female
Vancouver Sun
Erin Ellis
February 22, 2016

Karen Dougherty on Uncertainty Anxiety Self Regulation and Trans generational Trauma
Rabble.ca
Staff
February 22, 2016

Girls Night Out
First Weekend Club
Staff
February 22, 2016

This weeks Must See TV
24 Hours Toronto/ Sun Media
Bill Harris
February 21, 2016

Girls Night Out
Toronto Sun
Staff
February 21, 2016

A new film launches a national campaign focused on young women and alcohol
Macleans
Rosemary Counter
February 21, 2016

Daniel Garber talks with director Phyllis Ellis about her new documentary Girls Night Out
CIUT/ Cultural Mining
Daniel Garber
February 19, 2016

Girls Night Out on CBC
Northern Stars
Staff
February 17, 2016

You’re Invited Girls Night Out Premeiere and Talk Back with Pioneering Women
She Does the City
Staff
February 17, 2016

Tuesday February 16
The Jennifer Campbell Show 570 News
Jennifer Campbell
February 16, 2016

Judith Timson asks Why do young women think its cool to drink like a man
Toronto Star
Judith Timson
February 11, 2016

Girls Night Out
CBC First Hand
Staff
February 5, 2016