Witness My Journey (2014) – By Misty Layne

Witness My Journey takes you on a diverse voyage to emotional pain, excitement and eroticism. The true story of a Sydney housewife and ex-Jehovah’s Witness, living a personal dream, Trish shows you can change religion, battle breast cancer, manage four children and meet a deadline for Mardi Gras…the Elders in the congregation would be shocked!

Witness My Journey tells the story of Trish Karr, otherwise known as Trishy Dishy, a former Jehovah’s Witness who left the church and became one of the biggest and most popular party planners in Sydney, Australia. The story takes us behind the scenes of Trishy Dishy’s party planning empire, into her hard decision to leave the Jehovah’s Witnesses and introduces us to two of her eldest daughters to get insight into how they feel about their party-loving mother. While an interesting journey, the film lags a bit with too many shots of party goers scantily clad and behaving raunchily. It’s at its best when Trish and her daughters are being interviewed and reviewing old photos and discussing their past.

While not the best documentary I’ve seen, it certainly has its moments. Trish made a HUGE decision in leaving her church and it was obviously a hard one as the church was wont to let her go. But tired of being repressed, she quickly became a party planning queen. Trish is obviously well loved by clients and friends, as there are several interviewed through out the film and this support is what got her through when she discovered she had breast cancer. A beautiful woman, Trish loves dressing up (or perhaps dressing down as many of her outfits include very little clothing) and being out in the nightlife. Luckily, she also left an unfulfilling marriage and went on to find a husband who supports her party filled lifestyle. Her daughters are also super supportive of their mother and the family bond is nice to see.

Trish is a fascinating woman and while her story is an interesting one, it was also a story that had trouble filling the 68 minute run time of the film. The party footage quickly became redundant and there’s only so much one can say about their past and the Jehovah’s Witnesses. This is a film strictly for documentary lovers or people interested in other people who make 180 lifestyle changes.

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