A young person singing into a studio microphone with a pop screen

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

Hot Docs Film Festival

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 teenage 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.

More information and tickets

May 3, 9:00 PM (closed captions)
Scotiabank Theatre Toronto 13, 259 Richmond Street West

May 4, 12:30 PM (open captions)
TIFF Bell Lightbox 4, 350 King Street West