Maxine Trump


There is still an assumption that choosing not to have children is weird, selfish, or somehow wrong.

Filmmaker Maxine Trump turns the camera on herself as she confronts the idea of not having kids. She explores the cultural pressures and harsh criticism childfree women regularly experience, as well as the personal impact the decision not to have children may have on her own relationships. Will her husband and family understand or will she be left feeling lonelier than ever before?

Maxine meets other women reckoning with their choice: Megan, 25, suffers serious side effects from taking contraceptive hormones and wants to be sterilised. But she struggles to find a doctor willing to take her request seriously. Meanwhile, Victoria lives with the backlash of publicly acknowledging that she made a mistake when she had a child.




DOC NYC 2018 (USA).

Sheffield Doc Fest 2018 Doc-Player (UK).

Cleveland International Film Festival (USA).

Portland EcoFilm Festival (USA).

Bechdel Festival (USA).

Wood’s Hole Film Festival (USA).

Sociologists For Women In Society (USA).


Maxine has directed short documentaries for the TV network TNT, Sundance Channel, BBC, TLC etc. She worked for the BBC in London for seven years as a development executive for scripted comedy before emigrating to the USA, working as a TV commercial director and producer for eight years. She won BDA awards for her work on numerous commercial projects for Network TV and agency clients, including AMC, National Geographic, PBS, BBC America, Animal Planet, Comedy Central, American Cancer Society, L’Oreal, Oreos etc.

Maxine is on the selection committee for DOC NYC and Nantucket film festival, a Manhattan chapter leader of the Non-profit film group Filmshop, the author of the documentary guide “Diving into Documentaries” and teaches documentary filmmaking at the New York Film Academy, She holds an MFA from London Metropolitan University, lives in Brooklyn, NY and continues to direct her own feature documentaries as well as producing and editing for feature documentary clients.