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Embrace Documentary and Conversation Night with Suburban Sandcastles

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WIN a Double Pass to see Embrace Film with Expert Panel Q&A
Suburban Sandcastles introduces another compelling movie night to audiences in Melbourne South East. The documentary Embrace; One woman's journey to inspire everyBODY will screen on the evening of Wednesday 9 November, followed by a conversation Q&A with expert guests.

Embrace, a documentary about body image, flooded social media channels recently, after the film received remarkably positive reviews, and for all the right reasons.

The film addresses our unfortunate social culture, in which body loathing and body shaming has reached dangerous levels.

Embrace follows the journey of one Australian women, Taryn Brumfitt, who changes her way of thinking to move away from being a body loather to become a body lover.

"'You are fat, you are ugly, you are disgusting' that's what I used to say to myself when I looked in the mirror. I loathed my body, I hated my body." says Taryn

Taryn, a wife and mother-of-three, hated her body so much she booked in to have a breast augmentation and a tummy tuck in 2012. After a revelation one day, Taryn chose not to go ahead with her plastic surgery and cancelled her appointments. Thereafter, she moved into a different direction to achieve her goal weight. Taryn did just that, but realised when she did reach her "perfect body" goals, that self-acceptance had nothing to do with size or shape; it is a state of mind.

Taryn's crusade, documented in Embrace, challenges you, the viewer, to also change the way you think about your body. The film not only takes you on Taryn's personal journey, but also interviews extraordinary people all over the world to draw attention to the perception of what is expected of women's bodies.

This is not the first time Suburban Sandcastles has staged an insightful movie night. From the true cost of fast fashion to food waste, and all topics in between, such events exist to create conversation and prolong the teachings in the aforementioned thought-provoking documentaries.

The Embrace Documentary and Conversation Night with Suburban Sandcastle invites you to continue the conversation in half-an-hour of Q&As with:

Fiona Sutherland a Melbourne-based Dietitian and Director of Body Positive Australia.

Danni Rowlands, the Education Manager for The Butterfly Foundation, supporting Australians experiencing eating disorders.

Jessica Humphreys, Social Media and Digital PR specialist who started her own Communications Agency, Social Concepts.

The night will kick off at 5.45pm on Wednesday 9 November as follows:

5.45pm doors open, nourishing food and drink available, local exhibitors
6.45pm film commences
8.30pm Q&A panel followed by prize raffle
- 9.00pm event concludes

Tickets to the Embrace Documentary and Conversation Night with Suburban Sandcastles are available online at $25 early bird (up to 31 October), afterwhich $30 per person. Book early to avoid missing out on tickets.


In an exclusive WeekendNotes promotion, we've got a double pass to the Embrace Documentary and Conversation Night with Suburban Sandcastles on Wednesday 9 November, 2016 from 5:45pm to 9pm.

To enter, simply email us on, and remember to title your email EMBRACE. The competition closes on Tuesday 1 November, 2016.

Other dates on the Suburban Sandcastles calendar; Why Not Home? on Wednesday 7 December, 2016. Head to Suburban Sandcastles for future event details HERE.
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Why? Insightful movie night and conversation about body image
When: Wednesday 9 November 2016 5:45 - 9pm
Where: Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale
Cost: $25 early bird tickets $30 thereafter
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