Take a Walk on the Wildside

  • Canada
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Wigs: shoulder length or long, naturally curled or straight. Shoes: pink glittery six-inch heels or black shiny two-inch heels. Nipples: stick on dime or dollar sized. A vibrant mesh of items line the shelves of one of Toronto's oldest cross-dressing stores. Opened in 1987, Wildside was one of the only places to offer a full male-to-female transformation through makeup, clothing and hair.

Still open today, Take a Walk on the Wildside provides viewers with a glimpse into a day in the life of the store. As five customers pass through, we peek into their colorful lives and reasons for visiting. While customers come and go, storeowner Paddy consistently offers warm and welcoming service. As we witness heartfelt interaction, it becomes clear that Wildside is much more than just a store and Paddy more than a storeowner. In an age where items can be purchased easily and tutorials accessed online, Take a Walk on the Wildside shows why the store acts as safe and important space for its clientele.


  • Original title
    Take a Walk on the Wildside
  • Direction
  • Duration
    15 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Canada
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Christie Pits Film Festival
    • Women in Film Showcase, Toronto, Canada
    • All Shorts Irvington Film Festival, NY, US
    • Mix NYC, NYC US
    • Bechdel Film Festival, Houston, Texas, US
    • Reel Out Queer Film + Video Festival, Kingston, Canada
    • Seattle Transgender Film Festival, Seattle, US
    • Women in Film Festival, Muskoka, Canada
    • Austin Film Festival, US
    • St. Louis International Film Festival, US
    • Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, Chicago, US
    • Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, US
    • Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
  • Awards
    • Winner of Best Documentary Short at the 6th Annual Canadian Screen Awards, 2018
    • All Shorts Irvington Film Festival, AWARD: Best Documentary
    • Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival AWARD: Winner Grand Prize, Alternative Spirit Award (Documentary)
    • Austin Film Festival, Finalist Best Documentary Short
    • Louis International Film Festival, Finalist Best Documentary Short

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