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SA made documentary Embrace: Kids to premiere this September
23 June 2022
New documentary Embrace: Kids from internationally recognised body-image advocate Taryn Brumfitt – best-selling author and speaker, and the film director behind break-out 2016 documentary Embrace – is set to premiere in cinemas 1 September, 2022.
This time, in this important film, Taryn is talking to school-aged kids and famous friends about body image, bullying, gender identity, advocacy, representation and more.
Featuring Taryn’s network of well-known celebrity friends including Celeste Barber, Jameela Jamil and Electric Fields, along with Chico the family dog, Embrace: Kids brings together a vibrant collection of stories and voices to entertain and inspire kids and parents alike, showing us that the first step in changing the world, is changing your own mind.
Filmed in South Australia and throughout the world, with the support of Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation, Embrace: Kids is produced by South Australian producers Anna Vincent (Embrace, Chasing Wonders) and Bonnie McBride (Demonic, Making a Mark), with Executive Producers comedian Celeste Barber, actor Teresa Palmer and Natasha Stott Despoja AO, Australia’s former Ambassador for Women and Girls.
“Embrace: Kids is the next step in our Embrace journey. In recent years I’ve been sent thousands of messages pleading with me to make a film like Embrace, but for kids. Recent studies suggest that body image is the number one issue affecting our children and we want to be part of the solution,” Taryn says.
“It’s alarming and heartbreaking that kids are being held back by how they feel about their bodies. Imagine giving kids the tools to move, nourish, respect and enjoy their bodies instead. Embrace: Kids explores the relationship children have with their bodies, why so many boys and girls hate their bodies and what we can do about it. The film covers topics including social media, photoshopping, ‘fitspiration’, the influence of media and advertising on body image and role models.”
Taryn’s global crusade to end the body dissatisfaction epidemic has seen her recognised by UN Women, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls and the Geena Davis Institute. Her talk at Google HQ in Silicon Valley was live-streamed to every Google office in the world. She was a finalist in the 2019 Australian of the Year and 2018 Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence awards and was crowned the 2018 SA winner for Excellence in Women’s Leadership and winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year, South Australia.
Accompanying the release of the film is the Embrace Kids book (published by Penguin Random House) and the Embrace Hub, an all-inclusive portal for safe and effective body image resources. The Hub has been designed by Taryn Brumfitt and her colleague, Associate Professor Dr Zali Yager, who is co-author, with Taryn, of the book.
For more information about the film go to transmissionfilms.com.au/films/embrace-kids