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An Animated Film by Kaz Cooke
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film stillGORGEOUS follows the perils of cartoon character Hermoine, the Modern Girl, as she tackles plastic surgery, beauty therapy, and bulimia in a feral fit of inadequacy. Undermined by her evil inner voice, otherwise known as Deirdre the weird fairy, Hermoine journeys from heavy chocolate biscuit abuse to tortuous treatment at the beauty salon, the boutique, and the gym.

After narrowly escaping the clutches of an out-of-control plastic surgeon, Hermoine finally rebels against Deirdre's obsession with eating behavior and "beauty."

GORGEOUS asks why girls and young women feel insecure, and what thoughts tempt them towards eating disorders and other strange rituals. Hermoine proves that modern girls can stop feeling inadequate and regain their self-esteem.

Kaz Cooke is a well-known Australian author and cartoonist, whose character Hermoine first appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald in 1984. Her book REAL GORGEOUS, guided by Hermoine, is published in the United States by W.W. Norton.

© 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

Official Selection, 2000 Society for Photograpic Education Conference Film Festival

11 minutes / Color
Release: 1996
Copyright: 1994

Subject areas:
Animated Films, Biology, Body Image, Eating Disorders, Education, Health Issues, Humor, Life Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, Women's Health, Women's Studies, Youth Issues

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