Some sugar coating helps share message
DAMON Gameau has drawn the line on using himself as a guinea pig for his future documentary film ideas.
The Australian actor turned documentary filmmaker, who had followed a refined sugar-free diet for three years, began ingesting perceived health food and drink products to expose their health risks for That SugarFilm.
It was not long into his 60-day experiment of a cereal, smoothie, lowfat yoghurt diet that he was diagnosed with fatty liver disease and had gained 10cm of fat around his waist, despite keeping up his exercise regime.
“The experts were convinced I was crazy, but I was naïve,” he said.
“When I got fatty liver disease, the scope changed; not only was there a physical change, but my mood and behaviour changed, I was lethargic and irritable; I was a different person and I was on edge.
“My point has been made and I was lucky I didn’t go too far.
“For the sake of my family, I won’t do it again.”
And he’s not rushing into his next project just yet, either.
“I have some ideas but I want to see this one through first,” he said.
“It has been sold around the world and I would like to see it used in classrooms to educate children; that is what it is designed for.”
While the health effects are evident in his documentary, Gameau said he did not want to demonise sugar.
“That was a conscious decision; I did not want to be preachy about it,” he said.
“I wanted to give hope, not cause fear. I always kept in mind an Oscar Wilde quote: ‘If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.’”
Gameau will be in Perth for three Q and A screenings, two on Monday, March 23 at Luna on SX and Event Cinemas and one at Luna Leederville on Tuesday, March 24.
Information and bookings at www.lunacinemas.com.au or www.eventcinemas.com.au.
Damon Gameau directed documentary That Sugar Film.