The Girlfriend Experience

Institute History


The Girlfriend Experience is a 13-episode anthology series from Starz, written and directed by acclaimed independent filmmakers Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz and inspired by Steven Soderbergh's film of the same title, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Christine Reade (Riley Keough) is a second-year student at Chicago-Burnham Law School and a new intern at the prestigious firm of Kirkland & Allen. She works hard to establish herself at the firm, but her focus quickly shifts when a classmate introduces her to the world of “transactional relationships.” In these engineered romances, women known as GFEs, provide “the girlfriend experience”—emotional and sexual relationships at a very high price. Juggling two very different lives, Christine quickly finds herself drawn into the GFE world and attracted to the rush of control and intimacy.

Seimetz and Kerrigan, known for their fiercely independent filmmaking, craft a remarkably unfettered vision. Both smart and sexy, the series is an absorbing and addictive watch.

The Festival debuts the first four episodes of the series followed by a conversation and Q&A with the cast and filmmakers.

— Trevor Groth

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