Damon Gameau features in and directs That Sugar Film, his documentary investigating hidden sugar in food. Photograph: Madman
Actor Damon Gameau strapped drugs to Matthew Newton’s stomach in Underbelly and received an AFI nomination for playing hard-nosed news reporter Greg Shackleton in Balibo. But his latest film uses a little more method than he’s used to.
“Not even Daniel Day-Lewis could act fatty liver disease, ” says Gameau, who received just that – and several other blows to his wellbeing – after indulging for 60 days in a Super Size Me-esque stunt to test the effect of sugar on his body.
Not even Daniel Day-Lewis could act fatty liver disease.
The premise of That Sugar Film, Gameau’s debut as a feature film-maker and documentarian, rests on a decision three years ago to eliminate refined sugar from his diet. This means the slate was clean to test what would happen if he returned to the sweet stuff. In short: aforementioned liver disease, 10cm of visceral fat around his waist, mood swings and (according to doctors) early signs of what could lead to coronary problems.
The twist is that Gameau didn’t splurge on sloppy nosh such as cheeseburgers, chips and sundaes – in other words food everybody knows is bad for you. Gameau consumed the typical Australian’s 40 teaspoons of sugar a day, maintained exercise, the same kilojoule intake of his regular diet and – the clincher – only ate foods perceived to be healthy. This includes cereal, smoothies, muesli bars and low-fat yoghurt. The kind of products at the heart of advertising campaigns built on extolling their supposed virtues, using faux science and deceptive packaging.
“If I’d gone and consumed Mars bars and Cokes the whole time I think we all would know I’d have had ill effects. We get that, ” he says. “Where people have been duped is around the lack of integrity and accountability in labelling. You see some of these products in the supermarket with a sunset on them. Or words like Mother Nature and a bee and a flower or something. And people believe it.”
Gameau says the worst effect of the diet was on his cognition, mood and ability to concentrate. “I’d be fine once I had the sugar and then about 45 minutes later I’d get the feeling of being vague and aloof. I didn’t expect that to happen so dramatically. Especially towards the end. It took a toll emotionally.”blogging without showing your face blogging without domain blogging without website blogging without wordpress blogging blogging apps blogging as a side hustle blogging anonymously blogging as a career blogging and making money blogging as a business blogging apps that pay blogging about mental health blogging business blogging boys blogging best practices blogging business ideas blogging books blogging basics blogging bishop blogging business plan vlogging camera blogging courses blogging classes blogging courses for beginners blogging conferences 2021 blogging conferences 2022 blogging coach vlogging camera with flip screen blogging definition blogging dirty blogging dog center blogging def blogging definition and example blogging define blogging dallas cowboys blogging degree blogging examples blogging equipment blogging etiquette blogging essentials blogging events blogging explained blogging earning potential blogging essential tools blogging for beginners blogging for money blogging for dummies blogging for kids blogging for free blogging for seo blogging for students blogging for business blogging guide blogging goals blogging godaddy blogging gif blogging gigs blogging guidelines blogging google blogging guide substack bloggingheads blogging how to blogging hashtags blogging helps your inbound marketing by blogging history