Damon Gameau

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Gameau at the Save Your Legs! premiere in Sydney, Australia, February 2013

Damon Gameau is an Australian television and film actor who is the director of, and lead role in, That Sugar Film. Gameau also appeared in the Australian series Love My Way, the 2002 Australian film The Tracker, and in a small role in the US series How I Met Your Mother.[1][2]


Gameau graduated from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) with a degree in Performing Arts (Acting) in 1999.[2][3]

In 2011, he won the short film competition, Tropfest with his animation 'Animal Beatbox'.

In 2014, he announced the production of the documentary That Sugar Film in which he relates the dire mood swings and weight gain he experienced after taking on the low-fat, high-sugar diet for 60 days.[4] Gameau wrote a companion book for the film, That Sugar Book, which reached the top of the Health & Well-being best-seller lists in Australia.[5]

That Sugar Film is the highest grossing Australian documentary released in cinemas across Australia and New Zealand.

His most recent film, 2040, is a documentary is a letter to his 4-year-old daughter showing her what the world could look like in 2040 if we put into action the best solutions to many of our environmental challenges. It premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and has recently become one of the highest grossing Australian documentaries of all time in Australia. He also wrote an accompanying book, 2040: handbook for the regeneration'.

He appeared in the 2009 feature film Balibo, in which he plays the part of Seven Network reporter Greg Shackleton.[6][7] He starred as Scotsman Andy Maher in the Australian TV miniseries Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities.[2]

Gameau starred as Sonny in the Australian movie Thunderstruck, a tale of a group of friends and their devotion to AC/DC and in particular Bon Scott.[8]

He appeared in RTÉ's latest Irish drama, Raw, based in an exclusive Dublin restaurant.[9] playing the head chef Geoff Mitchell from Seasons 1 to 5. Gameau portrayed a homosexual character and received great praise for his performance throughout his time on the series. He also starred in Spirited as Adrian Brixton alongside Claudia Karvan and Matt King.[10]

In 2013, he appeared in an episode of Wentworth as Mark Pearson.

Gameau is in a relationship with Winners and Losers actress, Zoe Tuckwell-Smith. Together they have one child, daughter, Velvet Gameau.

Awards and honours[edit]

Gameau was nominated for NSW Australian of the Year in 2020 for his work in creating 'the Regeneration' movement which is associated with his film 2040.

  • Gameau won the Best Documentary Award for That Sugar Film at the Australian Film and Television awards in 2016.
  • In 2007, Gameau won the Best Actor award for his role in the film Vermin at the Sydney Underground Film Festival.[11]
  • Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Balibo at AFI awards.
  • Gameau has begun a directing career also with his film One, reaching the finals of Tropfest in 2010 and his film Animal Beatbox winning the 2011 competition.

His first documentary feature, That Sugar Film, was selected for Berlin Film Festival[citation needed] and IDFA.[citation needed]. The film was nominated for the AACTA award for best feature-length documentary.[12] It is still the highest grossing Australian Documentary of all time across Australia and New Zealand.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Damon Gameau at IMDb
  2. ^ a b c "Damon Gameau (Andy Maher)". Nine Network. Archived from the original on 26 April 2009. Retrieved 16 November 2009.
  3. ^ Damon Gameau – Biography at IMDb
  4. ^ That Sugar Film director Damon Gameau receives shocking diagnosis after going on healthy sugar diet for just 60 days The Independent, 21 November 2014
  5. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20150321055321/http://www.thatsugarfilm.com/thatsugarbook/. Archived from the original on 21 March 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Damon Gameau writes 'Australia'". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 10 August 2009. Retrieved 16 November 2009.
  8. ^ "Thunderstruck". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 12 May 2004. Retrieved 16 November 2009.
  9. ^ RTÉ Television – RAW Archived 16 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Spirited Biography[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "2007 Sydney Underground Film Festival: Award Winners". Underground Film Journal. 29 September 2007. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  12. ^ "5th AACTA Awards". Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. Retrieved 4 December 2020.

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