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The Gut Movie (Geelong)

  • The Potato Shed 29-41 Peninsula Drive Drysdale, VIC, 3222 Australia (map)
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In The Gut Movie, we follow the journey of journalist & researcher Kale Brock as, in the quest to discover whether the 'optimal microbiome' does indeed exist, he travels from Australia to Namibia to live with The San, an ancient hunter-gatherer people living traditionally from the land.

During the excursion Brock monitors his own microbiome and how it changes in conjunction with the new surroundings, and takes microbiome samples of The San to gauge the significant differences in microbiota present across cultures.

With expert commentary by leading gastroenterologist Professor Thomas Borody, molecular geneticist Dr Margie Smith, immunology researcher and expert Professor Mimi Tang and naturopath and chiropractor Dr Damian Kristof, The Gut Movie provides an insightful yet entertaining look at the explosive research of the gut & its impact on human health.

"The future of medicine may lie somewhere completely unexpected, somewhere only few have dared to look so far, somewhere so farfetched and bizarre that only now in the modern world are we beginning to investigate it... poop. Yes, in our poop."

Kale Brock
Director, Producer & Presenter

Q&A panel

Nicole Azzopardi, Mother, Author, Journalist
Nicole created Mumma Care and her book 'The Alchemy Cookbook - Transforming Food Into Medicine' to support other families with the wisdom she learned through helping her daughter to heal through food. Nicole was inspired by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride who wrote the GAPS diet. Natasha helped her see the connection between the gut and the brain and how we can effectively take healing into our own hands. Nicole says, "By working to heal and seal her gut wall with specific foods like meat stock and cultured vegetables, her symptoms slowly began to disappear." 

Rebecca Winkler, Naturopath and GAPS practitioner
Rebecca Winkler is a qualified Naturopath and GAPS practitioner with 13 years of clinical  experience, a busy mum to her 2 beautiful sons aged 4 and 7 and owner practitioner at Tree of Life Natural Health and Fertility.  Bec lives with her family at Bells Beach on the surf coast in Victoria and runs her busy clinical practice in Jan Juc.

She is (self confessed!) food obsessed and strongly believes in the power of food as medicine as well as the belief that much ill health starts in the gut.  She combines her passion for food, nutrition, diet and herbal medicine into her practice and helps many families navigate the tricky terrain of Women’s and children’s health, Fertility, hormones/endocrine health including thyroid,  GUT and digestive health. She completed her GAPS practitioner training with Dr Natasha Campbell McBride in 2015 and commenced her 3 year fellowship with the Mindd foundation that same year.  She brings her Naturopathic training as well as her medical background in what she feels is a great balance of East meets West. Bec tutored with the Deakin School of Medicine for 3 years tutoring first and second year medical students. She also has 8 years of pharmacy experience (in another life!!) She loves educating the community on the latest findings in natural medicine via her fortnightly column in the Surf Coast and Bellarine Times. 

If she’s not in the clinic with patients, you can find her cooking away in the kitchen with the kids or hands deep in her garden. 

Rebecca lives, breathes and exudes passion for all things natural and truly believes that we are always learning. She looks forward to seeing what the future holds when we begin to understand the enormity of the microbiome and in turn, see a time where the is no 'Natural' and 'Western' medicine, but simply medicine. 

Ben Shaw, Edible Garden Design
Ten years ago Ben set about transforming his house in Geelong (which boasted a north facing backyard with shed, lawn and obligatory hills hoist) into an edible garden oasis. The goal seemed pretty simple, productivity and beauty, how hard could it be? Little did he know how much his life would change through the process of learning how to grow food in his own backyard.

The game changer occurred in 2010 when Ben completed a Permaculture Design Course which provided him with the some tools, techniques, and more importantly the inspiration to turn his backyard into something really special. The more he read and observed what was happening in our food system, the more it became blatantly clear that we are not looking after the natural world, whether it be mining, logging or agriculture – as a people we are slowly destroying the ecosystem that is meant to sustain us. Feeling slightly helpless, I vowed to do my bit by trying to help and encourage people to grow food in a sustainable way - permaculture was my way of spreading this message and remains so to this day.

After returning from a year volunteering in South America, Ben began growing food for a living and having the opportunity to teach the community about how to grow sustainable food. He has now been working at Basils Farm for the last four years, where he established a market garden guided by the principles of permaculture. Ben facilitates edible gardening workshops all year round for both adults and children and also consults locally with families and businesses on how to design and build their gardens to get maximum yields and also achieve aesthetically beautiful gardens. "My life is healthier, more fulfilling, more community minded, and a significant part of this has been achieved through the simple act of growing food."

Faye Kendall, Osteopath
Faye is an experienced osteopath who finds the gentle nature of cranial osteopathy extremely effective in the treatment of many different conditions. Since graduating from RMIT University in Melbourne, Faye has completed extensive training in Australia, Europe and the USA in the fields of Biodynamic Cranial Osteopathy, and Biodynamic Cranial Osteopathy for children. She is currently continuing her post-graduate studies with American Osteopath Dr. James Jealous. Faye’s patients appreciate her sincere and honest approach to treatment, her vast knowledge and easy going nature. Faye has attracted a large clientele of little people and is often sought after for her experience in dealing with babies and mums postpartum. After finishing her degree, Faye spent time living and working in London and Ireland. Upon returning to Australia Faye spent 3 years working at a busy clinic in Brisbane before relocating back to Victoria in 2012. Faye loves life by the beach and is really enjoying getting to know everyone in the community.

About the event
Through thought-provoking events that inspire action, and using the power of film to illuminate the issues of our time, Suburban Sandcastles is a movement for people seeking to live with their minds opened by wonder, not closed by belief. Join us at Shirley Burke Theatre in Parkdale, Bayside Melbourne for a nourishing meal, fresh juice, wholefood snacks, beer and wine, all available for purchase before the film. Connect with our community and explore what's on offer from our wellness and lifestyle exhibitors. 

Event program
5.45pm doors open, nourishing food and drink available, local exhibitors
6.45pm film commences
8.30pm Q&A panel
9.00pm event concludes