Title – That Sugar Film (2014)
Director – Damon Gameau (feature debut)
Cast – Damon Gameau, Hugh Jackman, Stephen Fry
Plot – Australian actor Damon Gameau embarks on a 60 day journey where he goes from a sugar free diet to a diet that consists of at least 40 table spoons of sugar a day. His journey takes him across the world and his insights into how sugar is affecting our lives will be a mind opener.
“I feel like I need some definitive answers”
Review by Eddie on 3/08/2015
Taking a page out of the Morgan Spurlock Super Size Me documentary book, recognisable Australian actor Damon Gameau has here delivered a witty and informative documentary that might take a few to many turns into situations and scenarios that don’t work out fully, but still comes out on top thanks to a unique and thoughtful way of displaying the effects that sugar has had on mankind.
Utilising great use of CGI and talking heads, support of some name actors like Hugh Jackman and Stephen Fry and with a relatable and affable charisma, Gameau undoubtedly thought long and hard about how he would make the documentation of his 60 day sugar filled diet into something interesting and fun, all the while being quite shocking in many aspects and he succeeds in turning a dry subject matter into an easily watchable and digestible whole.
I like many others could count myself as someone that thinks little about the effects sugar has on my life or my future life as it seems like a harmless and enjoyable addition to our diet. What Gameau does so well is showcases how even so called healthy snacks/drinks like Smoothies or breakfast meals are actually just as bad for you as most so called “bad” food and drinks. It’s also shocking to see statements and information backed up by the physical transformation of Gameau over the period of the film and even the biggest doubters of the films message would struggle to deny the obvious change in the body of someone consuming the average amount of sugar per day that you and I could well be doing also.
While it’s not a ground breaking piece by any means, That Sugar Film is still a very enjoyable and thought provoking piece of documentary filmmaking that would be a valuable addition to children’s education on the sugar intake effects and also a must see films for all those that might just love their Mountain Dew a little too much.
3 ½ tooth extractions out of 5