That Sugar Film

that sugar filmWe saw that sugar film last night and…

We loved it.  That Sugar Film is informative and funny and I feel like this movement is going to grow into something much bigger.  Now I should mention while I’m reasonably health-conscious, I’m not nuts about it, and sugar, particularly in the form of chocolate, cakes & ice cream, is a definite weak spot for me.  After seeing this film though, I’ll be making changes.  If you haven’t heard of That Sugar Film yet, here’s a quick synopsis:

THAT SUGAR FILM is 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. THAT SUGAR FILM will forever change the way you think about ‘healthy’ food.

As an added bonus we were lucky enough to go to an advance screening that included a Q&A session with the film’s writer and director Damon Gameau.  Damon struck me as very genuine.  He is clearly passionate about this movie and the underlying cause it hopes to bring attention to.  It felt like we were witnessing the ground floor of something special.

Check out the “That Sugar Film” Official Trailer

Key Takeaways

  • 70c in every dollar spent on health can be tracked back to a sugar related problem!
  • Smoking is bad, we all know it. What I didn’t know is that smoking is linked to 1 strand of health issues whereas sugar is linked to 5!
  • On the topic of smoking, the film also highlights the similarities between how sugar and tobacco is marketed to consumers and that was scary
  • Damon Gameau is a really funny guy; while That Sugar Film is filled with good laughs, the time lapse bounce test and sugar rap take the cake (pun totally intended)

Is “That Sugar Film” family friendly?

This movie is seriously worth watching, but is it family friendly?  You could take your kids depending on their age.  We took our kids (Miss 7 & 8) and they totally got it.  We’re now all embarking on a mission to reduce our sugar intake, which is great.  There is a single swear word from memory (sh*t) and there is a reference to the similarities between what sugar does to your brain in comparison to sex and cocaine, but it’s a split second of kid-inappropriate content for 97 minutes of really good viewing.

I’d have no reservations in letting my kids see it again, in fact any parent concerned about their own health and that of their children should see this film, it’s a real eye-opener.  Finally it’s Australian and we really should support the local film industry where we can.  Watch this film!



Leigh Grigaliunas

Leigh is an owner and co-founder of School Hours Pty Ltd.Leigh's passion for helping others coupled with his desire to achieve a balance between raising children and earning a living, lead him to create School Hours Pty Ltd with his wife Yasmin.School Hours will be the place to go for Australian parents wanting to connect with progressive thinking, family friendly employers.

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