If your teeth are tingling and your blood is buzzing following an Easter egg-gorge, you might not want to read this. But you should! That Sugar Film may just be the antidote to your sweet tooth. We chat to director Damon Gameau.


Documenting his unique experiment, the Australian actor and director put his body on the line for this film – eating only foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’ such as low fat yogurt, muesli bars and cereal. In 60 days, Damon consumed 2,400 teaspoons of sugar and drastically impacted his health.


Following a national tour and in-season screenings, That Sugar Film is receiving international interest. We chat to Damon about the story behind the film.


What inspired you to create That Sugar Film?

There were so many mixed messages in the media about sugar. The only way to find out some truth seemed to be to conduct a little experiment on my body.


How has the film been received to date, especially by parents and schools?

It has been very overwhelming. We had 62 sold out Q&A screenings and the film has been released in 51 cinemas around the country. We have also sold the film across the world and the screenings are full of children, which is terrific. We have had lots of schools sign up for our action kits.


Can you tell us about the Schools Screening Program and Action Kit?

We have developed a study guide so teachers can teach the concepts of the film – the school receives this plus the book, DVD, posters for the classroom, a free app for calculating sugar and tips on assisting the tuckshop to lower its sugar.


How long did it take you to get back to “fighting fit” after the experiment?

I did the experiment in 60 days and developed fatty liver disease, was nearly pre-diabetic, on the verge of heart disease and put on 8.5 kilograms. All that reversed in 60 days. My blood tests returned to normal and I lost 90% of the weight doing minimal exercise and just removing sugar and eating real foods again.


That Sugar Film screens at the Schonell Theatre (Brisbane) from 9 April and BCC Coolangatta from 19 April.  Check out www.thatsugarfilm.com for resources, FAQs, recipes and more.


Read more about That Sugar Film and other news in this month’s issue of haven.


Courtney Robinson

Courtney Robinson  

Courtney Robinson is a Gold Coast mum, passionate foodie, whole foods recipe creator and personal trainer certified in holistic digestive health and nutrition. Follow @athletist_ or visit athletist.com.au for recipes, workout tips and training hacks.