Embrace (film)

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Embrace 2016 film poster.jpg
Directed byTaryn Brumfitt
Produced by
  • Taryn Brumfitt
  • Anna Vincent
Written byTaryn Brumfitt
StarringTaryn Brumfitt
Narrated byTaryn Brumfitt
Music byBenjamin Speed
CinematographyHugh Fenton
Edited byLindi Harrison
Bryan Mason
Distributed byTransmission Films
Release date
Running time
90 minutes

Embrace is a 2016 Australian documentary film directed by Taryn Brumfitt. It concerns women's body image and is a response to surveys showing that 90% of women are "highly dissatisfied" with their bodies.[1][2][3] It includes interviews with Mia Freedman, editor of the Australian Cosmopolitan and television talk-show hosts Amanda de Cadenet and Ricki Lake.[2]



The film was screened at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival[4] and New Zealand International Film Festival.[2]


The film was rated MA15+ by the Australian Classification Board, meaning that people under 15 may only legally view or purchase it when accompanied by an adult guardian. Brumfitt has expressed outrage at this decision, which she points out puts the film into the same category as Fifty Shades of Grey.[5] Facebook is reported to have barred the film's poster on the basis that it shows "excessive skin".[5]


  1. ^ Paatsch, Leigh (3 August 2016). "Taryn Brumfitt's Embrace is a highly accessible and refreshingly honest Australian-made documentary". Herald Sun. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Embrace". 2016. New Zealand International Film Festival. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  3. ^ Byrnes, Paul (3 August 2016). "Embrace review: Taryn Brumfitt's body image documentary a troubling eye-opener". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  4. ^ Program. Sydney Film Festival. 2016. p. 15. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  5. ^ a b Roach, Vicky (12 July 2016). "Positive body activist Taryn Brumfitt slams censors' decision on female genitalia". News.com.au. Retrieved 6 August 2016.

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