Christine Chew

Lives in
Toronto , ON
Ontario CA

Filmmaker, video maker, photographer. This Toronto-based photographer started her own production house called GirlWatch Films to create a positive and productive environment for queer women to make narrative films. Falling for Caroline (2009, 20), her first short film, is about a movie buff and hopeless romantic, Darcy, who falls in love with a girl named Caroline while fighting over a Sarah Waters (author of the seminal contemporary pulp lesbian novel Tipping the Velvet) book in a store. In order to win the girl of her dreams, Darcy must overcome the “bad lesbian habit” of over-processing the good things in her life. The film was a critical success and received many prizes in queer film festivals all around Canada. Chew directed two more features with the same lead characters between 2009 and 2013. In 2009, Chew also created a YouTube channel in order to distribute the shorter films that she created with her team more easily. The effort, named Girl Talk Productions, offers a series of digital shorts that explore issues such as lesbian dating, change and adaptation when returning to the dating scene and unrequited love.