Body image activist Taryn Brumfitt explores the global issue of body loathing in EMBRACE, a moving social impact documentary premiering on Monday, May 1 at 8.30pm on Lifestyle YOU.
After Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after image on the internet in 2013, it sparked an international media frenzy. The image, which embraces body diversity, was seen by over 100 million people worldwide and led to hundreds of interviews and articles.
Taryn soon realized how restrictive four minute TV interviews, 800 word articles and 140 characters on Twitter can be. This issue needed a louder voice on a bigger platform, so the idea of creating the documentary EMBRACE was born.
EMBRACE is told from the point of view of Taryn as she traverses the globe talking to experts, women in the street and well-known personalities about the alarming rates of body image issues that are seen in people of all body types.
In her affable and effervescent style, Taryn bares all (literally) to explore the factors contributing to this problem and seeks to find solutions.
Along the way, she catches up with Mamamia’s Mia Freedman and the inspirational Turia Pitt in Australia, TV personalities Ricki Lake and Amanda de Cadenet in LA, photographer Jade Beall in Canada and actress Nora Tschirner in Vienna, who all share a passion about changing body image.
After 24 months of travelling, interviewing, production and post production, Taryn and the EMBRACE team created a film that is relevant, relatable, highly engaging – but above all life changing.
EMBRACE had its world premiere at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival, where it made it into the festival directors’ top 5 picks and was nominated for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Best Documentary.
EMBRACE will have its Australian television premiere on Monday, May 1 at 8.30pm on Lifestyle YOU. The documentary will then be available to watch via Foxtel On Demand, which is available on internet connected iQ boxes, Foxtel Play or enjoyed on the move via Foxtel Go, Foxtel’s mobile app. Foxtel Go is included in all residential and Foxtel play subscriptions at no extra cost.