The New Zealand International Film Festival is about to kick off, and one of it’s most compelling documentaries will definitely leave its audience questioning their sweet tooth.
Written, directed and starring Damon Gameau, That Sugar Film follows one man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body. Damon eats a high sugar diet of 40 teaspoons of sugar a day for 60 days. The catch is that he does this without consuming any soft drinks, chocolate, ice cream or confectionery. He only eats the perceived ‘healthy’ foods that are in fact laden with hidden sugars like low fat yoghurt, muesli bars, juices and cereals.
Endorsed by noted celebrity chef Jamie Oliver as ‘a definite must see’, That Sugar Film looks to be a clever, funny, original and important film about the message of health and well-being. It’s scheduled to play as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival with specialty showings in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, and will receive a wider release on May 7.