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.
Amy Seimetz is a writer, director, and award-winning actress named by Variety as one of their "Actors to Watch". She was the first to receive two Gotham Awards for two different films in the categories of Breakthrough Director (Sun Don't Shine) and Best Actress (Upstream Color). Seimetz' additional acting credits include AMC's The Killing, Christopher Guest's HBO series Family Tree, Rick Alverson's Entertainment, Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture, and David Robert Mitchell's Myth of the American Sleepover.
Lodge Kerrigan wrote and directed the features Rebecca H. (Return to the Dogs), Keane, Claire Dolan, and Clean, Shaven. His directorial credits also include episodes of The Killing (AMC/Netflix), The Americans (FX), Bates Motel (A&E), and Homeland (Showtime).