More than 700 people have already booked for the four screenings of the self-awareness movie Embrace at Moama Bowling Club.
There will be two free matinees for students, coming from as far as Kyabram, Nathalia and Rochester, and two evening shows costing $10 a head, with all proceeds going to the Butterfly Foundation.
Riverine Herald journalist and movie co-ordinator Sophie Baldwin said women – single or married, young and old – were urged to take advantage of the opportunity to view this award winning documentary by director Tarryn Brumfitt.
Sophie said Embrace tackled the sensitive but potentially damaging issue of female body image with grace and humour.
“Tarryn’s message of love yourself regardless of size or shape is a message that must be heard throughout our community,” Sophie said.
“We had the idea to bring it here when we realised that would be the only way people could see it – and they must see it,” she said.
“If the research is right, that 91 per cent of women are not happy with their bodies, then this is a vital part of the social fabric of our communities which needs to be addressed.
“And it would not have been possible for us to stage the show without the spectacular support of Moama Bowling Club, which is footing the bill for the free matinees for students and paying for all other costs associated with bringing the movie here.
“Its support also means every cent from ticket sales will go to the Butterfly Foundation, which specialises in the treatment and support of people with eating disorders.”
Sophie said the financial support from MBC and the extensive free advertising in the Riverine Herald means Tarryn’s positive body image message will be heard by at least 500 of our region’s teenagers.
“And isn’t that great – a fantastically positive message for them to take home.”
According to mental health practitioner and occupational therapist Shevaughn Addicott, from Modern Minds Therapy, body image issues have become a cultural norm.
“Measuring your self-worth based on your body image can create mental health issues – and a preoccupation with changing your body shape, size or weight,” Shevaughn said.
“This can lead to unhealthy behaviours that place you at risk of developing an eating disorder,’’ she said.
‘‘Unsafe dieting, which has also become a cultural norm, is considered one of the most significant risk factors in the development of an eating disorder.
“Our culture’s perception of body image issues and unsafe dieting as normal and healthy often prevents individuals from recognising and seeking professional support for eating and body image related issues.’’
Embrace will be shown at Moama Bowling Club on Thursday October 27 and Friday October 28.
Matinees are for schools only. Thursday evening has been sold out but tickets are still available for the second show on Friday.
For tickets go to www.stickytickets.com.au/43308