That Sugar Film

Out Now On-Demand

This will change the way you think about 'healthy' food.

Australian actor Damon Gameau attempts to expose the truth about the sugar content in supposedly ‘healthy’ food by maintaining a diet consisting of only those culprits, including low fat yoghurt, muesli bars, juices and cereals. Features guest cameos from Stephen Fry, Isabel Lucas and Brenton Thwaites, interviews with Gary Taubes, Michael Moss and Kimber Stanhope. 

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97mins

Rating: PG Mild themes, coarse language and naturalistic nudity

Australia

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From its opening admission of motive – Damon Gameau gave up sugar to impress a girl – to the hip hop closing number (yes, you read that right) That Sugar Film is a long way from a standard documentary, whatever that might be.

Anything that can be done differently, is done very differently. Interviews are delivered from the sides of food packaging. Pieces to camera presented from within rising Hollywood star’s heads. Complicated concepts conveyed through a Hugh Jackman magic trick or a Stephen Fry primary school class.

Most importantly, this is not a zealot evangelizing from the pulpit. Rather, Gameau, who we’re told hasn’t eaten sugar in four years, takes the Morgan Spurlock approach and signs up for a medically monitored daily consumption of 40 teaspoons a day.

It is the film’s least original trick, yet the comparisons to Super Size Me only serve to highlight the difference as Gameau chooses to consume his daily sugar allowance via everyday “healthy choice” foods. This isn’t some gross-out binge. The dishes and snacks would happily be served by well-intentioned parents around the country.

As Gameau’s body changes and as he obtains more and more fascinating interviews on the topic, from toothless American consumers to Kool Aid drinking corporate scientists and the inventor of the perfect taste, it is impossible not to be culinarily changed and entirely entertained.

That Sugar Film is a great documentary, a great night out, and a great eye-opener. You’ll never look at an ingredients list the same way again – nor a giant chocolate mousse glass, but we’ll leave that to the closing number to explain.

moviereview.com.au

press

Although this could easily look like diatribe from an enraged Frutarian enviro-warrior (he's none of these things), it is given reasonable balance in Gameau's choice of interview subjects and made more palatable by his playful visual style and charming presence.

The Australian

press

My main problem with this documentary, which Gameau says is a quest for definitive answers, is that it is so one-sided.

Sydney Morning Herald

press

How far you can swallow Gameau's thesis may also depend on your reaction to the man himself...

Time Out Sydney

press

Will certainly appeal to kids with its colour, movement, clarity and humour.
ems

ems

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Great doco

A very well made doco. Amazingly made and love how Stephen Fry made appearance.


Factual and Amusing Doco

A well thought out, informative and amusing documentary. Only 90 minutes long but full of interesting facts with several cameos including Hugh Jackman, Stephen Fry and Isabel Lucas. It was presented in such a way that made it a riveting film and will have you wanting to quit sugar by the end of it. I walked in with a bag of snickers pods and only got about half way before having so many facts about why I shouldn't put another one in my mouth! Great film, highly recommended. Solid 4 stars

Brian1

Brian

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Why the heart tick sends to to the fat factory!!

Go to the movie and find out. More an expose on the seduction of Govt sponsored schemes and marketing to drive the misbeliefs about what to eat if we want to be healthy.


Excellent Doco

I saw this recently on the plane and it was a real eye opener. I am trying to change the way we eat as a family and will be taking along my older children so they can see why we need to make changes.

Fabulous doco that should be played in schools as part of Health Education.

judenz

judenz

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Food for thought

Went to the screening, where the filmmaker said "if you are going to tell people the truth, you have to make them laugh or they will kill you!". Hugely entertaining film with some rather disturbing home truths. I took my family and they have all changed what they drink in particular, as we don't eat much processed food. I would consider myself pretty clued up about healthy food but was surprised by some of the science behind Damon's seemingly lighthearted antics. The fructose-to-fat thing was a major revelation, and I have begun to regard food companies as sinister giants rather than benevolent suppliers. See this and then do some background reading of your own!

don1

don1

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that sugar film

Would like to go and watch this film but you s put it on through the week and most people are in bed at that time would like to see it on the weekend if its still on or dvd