That Sugar Film

July 31st, 2015


That Sugar Film

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Damon Gameau embarks on an experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 7.3/10 (356 voted)

Critic's Score: 48/100

Director: Damon Gameau

Stars: Damon Gameau, Hugh Jackman, Richard Davies

One man's journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as 'healthy'. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves.

Damon Gameau - Himself
Hugh Jackman - Himself
Richard Davies - Sugar Shopper
Skylar Delphinus - Sugar Dancer & Shopper
Christina Evans - Sugar Dancer & Shopper
Stephen Fry - Himself
Lisa Gloufchis - Sugar Dancer
Benjamin Hancock - Sugar Dancer
Zelia Kitoko - Sugar Dancer & Shopper
Isabel Lucas - Herself
Jessica Marais - Herself
Brenton Thwaites - Himself
Zoe Tuckwell-Smith - Herself

Taglines: A film about what really happens when a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down


Official Website: Official site | Official Website

Country: Australia

Language: English

Release Date: 31 July 2015

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Rating: 10/10

That Sugar Film is one man's journey into the effect of eating the sugar that is hidden in food marketed as healthy. There is increasingly awareness that we live in the age of sugar with the population of our planet suddenly consuming massively more sugar. There are links between this new diet and obesity and mental illness. Warning bells were sounded in 2009 by childhood obesity expert Prof Robert H. Lustig at the University of California, whose youtube lecture went viral.

Damon Gameau's playful exploration of this crucially important subject is a big wake-up. He packages it in a palatable, family-friendly form, the perfect counter-punch to the food industry's current marketing of sugar. Gameau follows in the footsteps of Morgan Spurlock's gonzo doco, Supersize Me, where Spurlock offered himself as a guinea pig to look at a diet of Maccas. Here, Gameau puts his body on the line to look behind the health claims of fruit juice, flavoured yoghurt, muesli bars, breakfast cereal and more; a diet only of food marketed as healthy and natural but brimming with heaped spoonfuls of unwanted sugar.

Hugh Jackman's sand paintings of the history of sugar is the first of many bite-sized pleasures that make up this rollicking journey of discovery that is guaranteed to disturb your eating habits. With food corporations more in denial than the tobacco industry, tell-tale signs are products marked 'lo-fat' or '100% natural'.

What Gameau reveals about the fructose-laden fare cynically marketed to us at the cost of our health is nothing less than shocking. The film also stirs the pot about obesity, behavioural problems in children, and even rocks the foundations of consumerism. He is the canary in the coalmine and we must give thanks for the warning.

With great songs and great graphics this film is truly sickening, albeit with an upbeat ending. Suitable for all the family, That Sugar Film is compulsory viewing for anyone who has children or anything else to live for. This is THE one film to see … before you die!


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