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This short film follows a group of teenage boys eager to emulate the muscle-filled bodies of their media heroes. Revealing the lengths these boys are willing to go to achieve their goal, this film explores the use of supplements and the temptations of steroids. The boys relate their experiences, desires and motivations to the audience, who are left to draw their own conclusions.

The film is designed to provoke discussion among teenagers about body image and where lines should be drawn between healthy and dangerous behaviour.

  • director
    Douglas C. Taplin
  • co-director
    Richard Gaudio
  • producer
    Jennifer Torrance
  • writer
    Richard Gaudio
  • director of photography
    Lisa Fryklund
  • editor
    Bridget Durnford
  • graphic design
    Kim Clegg
  • location sound
    Igal Petel
  • original music
    Matt Daunsey
    Allison Granger
    Bruce Hildesheim
    Nick Wozniewski
  • production assistant
    Jasmine Poon
  • consultant
    Randy Gregg
    Marni Wesner
  • audio post-production
    Patrick Butler
    Cory Gray
    Bennett Suba
  • video post-production
    Jeff August
  • stills photographer
    Dave Brown
  • production coordinator
    Ginette D'Silva
    Faye Yoneda
  • production supervisor
    Kelly Isaac
  • program administrator
    Darin Clausen
  • executive producer
    Graydon McCrea


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Ages 15 to 17

Study Guide - Guide 1

Health/Personal Development - Body Image
Health/Personal Development - Fitness/Physical Activities
Health/Personal Development - Substance Use and Abuse/Addiction
Media Education - Body Image

Start a class discussion about body image, as it pertains to both sexes. What behaviour would be considered extreme and dangerous as far as bodybuilding is concerned? Discuss the risks and benefits of supplement use, including that of steroids, to achieve desired physical results. How responsible is the media in encouraging boys to attain the perfect male physique?

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