RIP Candida Royalle – I will miss you

I am rarely at a loss for words, but at this moment I struggle to find the best way to express my sadness.

Candice, Candida Royalle, passed away early this morning. She was only 64. I met Candice several years ago when I asked to interview her for the film Inside Her Sex: documentary film – she was gracious and giving and funny and energetic. I approached her again, hoping to capture more of her stories, of her spirit.

In February 2014, we spoke and she asked if I would help her tell her story….we started, together to work on While You Were Gone: The Untold Story of Candida Royalle…and in a very short space of time we covered a lot of ground. I had the privilege of going to St. Louis with her to meet the brother she hadn’t seen for 62 years…to be witness to that meeting. We visited the grave of her birth mother…we explored old neighborhoods she lived in. I spent time in her home, and we talked and talked.

Candice was tenacious, energetic, charming, engaging, passionate, driven, opinionated (and I mean that as a positive) – she had an unparalleled drive. Although we clashed because we share some of the same attributes, I deeply respected her and admired her for so many reasons. She was fierce and brave, very brave.

I know she was scared of passing away and I hope, deeply and sincerely, that she has been held in that journey by those who went before her.

Rest in peace dear Candice. I hold you in the highest esteem and I will miss you.
With much love. Sheona xCandice NYC April 2015


Dimestore’s new documentary, INSIDE HER SEX, about female sexuality and shame will broadcast in Canada on the documentary Channel on December 14, 2014.

There are a few clips from the film available to view here and the trailer will be finished this week!

Also, the project WHILE YOU WERE GONE: The Untold Story of Candida Royalle is underway. The project started as a result of INSIDE HER SEX, but explores Candida’s search for the mother who left her six decades ago.

We anticipate finishing WHILE YOU WERE GONE in 2015!


Inside Her Sex has been a long time in the making.

This feature length documentary, by filmmaker Sheona McDonald, exploring female sexuality and shame, will broadcast on documentary Channel on Sunday, December 14th, 2014 at 9pm ET and 10pm PT.

Inside Her Sex shares the intimate stories of three women from different walks of life, each  brave enough to candidly share information and ideas that are often considered taboo.

Sheona recently wrote a blog (Living On a Fault Line: SEXUAL SHAME) about the process of making the film & some stories of her own journey and exploration.

There is a trailer to follow, but for now there are two scenes available to preview.

This film was written, directed, produced and edited by Sheona McDonald in association with the documentary Channel under the guidance of executive producer Bruce Cowley. The film features Candice/Candida Royalle, Elle Chase/Lady Cheeky, Samantha Allen and Corey Burke, and jessica drake. Brock Ellis composed the score. Kunal Sen created the animation. Still photographs were contributed by Shilo McCabe and Constance and Eric. The Canadian Media Fund and Creative BC helped fund the film.