Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Gwen Haworth is a transgender filmmaker, editor, and instructor. After graduating with a degree in psychology in 1995, Gwen went on to complete undergraduate and graduate degrees in Film Production at the University of British Columbia. She has trained as a director’s intern with the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and served as a programmer and board member for Out On Screen, which holds Vancouver’s Queer
Film & Video Festival.
Critical of the construct of objective filmmaking, Haworth’s experimental documentaries re- envision the genre from a humanist perspective, embracing a point of view approach that strives for empathy and collective storytelling. Her first short film Not Kokura re-examined the WWII bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, questioning the use of weapons of mass destruction on primarily civilian targets. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and won recognition at both the Atlantic and Montreal World Film Festivals. Gwen has continued to play a creative role in a number of documentaries and shorts including directing her mockumentary Road Movie
(Working title…) and co-editing Allison Beda’s feature documentary, How to be a Model: (A Twelve Step Plan).
Between 2000 and 2004, Gwen came out as transsexual to her friends and family and transitioned genders from male to female. During this process, she became painfully aware of
the media’s marginalized depictions of transgender individuals, often as victims of discrimination & violence or objects of fetish. In She’s A Boy I Knew, Haworth turns the camera on her own family, capturing an intimate, complex, and emotionally charged account of their collective journey through her transition.
When not making films, Haworth divides her time teaching film production, working at an emergency homeless shelter, and DJing for queer non-profit dance parties in Vancouver’s