You may have had The Talk with one of your parents. You know, the squirmy, uncomfortable and downright incredulous chat about what happens when a man and a woman truly love each other, etc.etc. But for many of us, the fun part of it all came from Sue. Sue Johansen, the feisty, hilarious, and deeply kind creator of Sex with Sue. For decades, on radio and television,in Canada and the U.S., Sue explained how stuff was done, safely and enjoyably. Now filmmaker Lisa Rideout and Sue’s own daughter Jane join us to tell us the deeper story of Sue Johanson, and why her straight-from-the-hip message is more important than ever.
Jane Johanson is an actor, singer, dancer and choreographer who has been gracing stages for the past 40 years. From the age of 14, Jane worked as a receptionist at the groundbreaking Don Mills Collegiate birth control clinic for her mom Sue Johanson. Growing up with Sue, Jane learned the value of hard work and fearlessness. Not to mention sewing, knitting, baking and carrying on the tradition of working with sourdough.
Director, Writer, Producer
Lisa Rideout is an award-winning director who makes films about topics that make people uncomfortable. Death, sex, identity, race, politics and more are presented from a nuanced perspective that challenges stereotypes with the aim of creating more tolerance. She is unafraid to tackle controversial topics and has done so by showcasing the stories of musicians, sex workers, activists, death doulas, adult entertainers and more. Her latest documentary Sex with Sue, about renowned sex expert Sue Johanson, can be seen on WNetwork and Stack TV.