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'The Big FAT Lie' - Wellington Premiere Screening + Q&A

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Otago University

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Click here to preview: 'The Big FAT Lie' trailer

Doors open: 6pm
Documentary Screening: 6.30pm
Panel Discussion, Q&A: 8:15pm.
Event conclusion: 9:00pm.

‘The Big Fat Lie’ explores how powerful plant-based nutrition can be for our health. It tells the story of Grant, who is rushed to hospital with a heart attack at age 58 and how he then discovered that eating the right food could turn his life around. Over the course of his journey Grant interviews 7 professors, 9 doctors, health charities, the Ministry of Health and numerous health business specialists. He also shares case studies of others with heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer and gastrointestinal diseases.

We are putting together a great panel to lead the discussion and answer questions after the film:

- Grant Dixon, producer and maker of 'The Big FAT Lie', Auckland
- Dr Luke Wilson, GP, Wellington
- Youcef Banouni, Plant-Based Nutritionist, Wellington
- Reneē Whalen, Registered Nurse, Takaka


Invite your loved ones, this is an experience that could be a game changer.

"Grant Dixon’s film stands apart with its unique, home-grown feel. His in-depth exploration of the whys and wherefores behind his own health scare introduces us to the diverse personalities leading the plant-based movement in our corner of the world. Any New Zealander with heart disease, or who is simply interested in the future health of our nation, needs to see this film.” – Dr Luke Wilson, GP, Wellington.

Panellists short bios:

Dr Luke Wilson, GP

Luke has worked in Santa Rosa, California, as an intern for Dr John McDougall at the McDougall Health and Medical Center and also alongside Dr Michael Klaper and Dr Alan Goldhamer at the True North Health Center.

In 2016 Dr Luke was a leader in the first whole foods plant-based study of its kind in New Zealand, has completed a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition, and is a Certified Physician with the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine.

Luke is a member of the New Zealand Medical Association, was New Zealand’s first member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and has experience helping hundreds of people transform their lives by adopting a whole foods plant-based lifestyle.

Youcef Banouni, Plant-Based Nutritionist

Prompted by episodes of severe illness and prematurely losing his father in 2007, Youcef healed himself and embarked on a mission to help others never experience what he endured. He then founded Whole Food Plant-Based Kiwis (and Wellington) support groups and has been involved in community events.

Youcef holds a Masters of Science, and a Masters of Engineering. He was formally trained in scientific research. This atypical background shakes a nutrition world still dominated by obsolete dogma and consensus, where he brings skills of problem-solving within complex systems, and a refreshing rigorously evidence-based approach.

Youcef was awarded a scholarship of merit for a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition. He has experience helping dozens of clients and supporting hundreds of people raise their health and nutrition knowledge. He is also a climate activist.

➤ Reneē Whalen, Registered Nurse

Reneē is a Registered Nurse with a background in Primary Healthcare, and Post-Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science. She has served for several years at the Island Bay Medical Centre and currently works at the Golden Bay Community Health Centre in Takaka.

In 2017, Reneē had the privilege of attending the Plant-Based Nutrition in Healthcare Conference.
Being a thriving plant-based nurse, Reneē is often asked by her G.P. and nurse colleagues about dietary approaches to help patients who wonder what they can do nutritionally to improve their health.

With her near completion of the Nurse Practitioner Pathway, Reneē has a vision of creating a holistic healing space in Golden Bay. Reneē’s philosophy embodies an understanding of the wider socio-cultural factors that influence our behaviours.

Grant Dixon, Producer of The Big FAT Lie

Grant is the film maker of 'The Big FAT lie' award-winning documentary. So far, it has been accepted into half a dozen international film festivals and has already won 'Best Message' and 'Best Documentary Feature' at the 'TOP Indie Films Awards', as well as a semi-finalist position at the Los Angeles Cinefest.

This life-changing documentary is currently being road-showed around New Zealand and Australia, with numerous sell-out screenings, including 330 attending the Auckland premiere and more than 150 attending each Whangarei, Dunedin, Christchurch and Nelson premiere. Many lives have already been revolutionised by this film ... yours maybe another.

Grant holds a Master in Communications, Electronics Technician's Certificate. Grant previously was a film director/producer at the National Film Unit and made documentaries for TVNZ and TV3.

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