‘I had a huge cry’: Todd Sampson reveals the moment he was brought to tears on his new documentary Mirror Mirror
Todd Sampson tackles body image and its negative effects in his two-part documentary titled Mirror Mirror.
The documentary maker admits his special contains some of the most emotional scenes he has ever filmed for a documentary – one of which brought him to tears.
‘A lot of the show is about mental illness. We start with the deep end of the story and then that story unfolds, both male female with body dysmorphia, and someone getting diagnosed on screen,’ the 51-year-old said in an interview with TV Blackbox.
‘I had a huge cry’: Todd Sampson (right) has revealed the moment that he was brought to tears on his new documentary Mirror Mirror
‘I had a huge cry. It was one of the more emotional moments I’ve ever filmed,’ he said.
‘A young man, in his early twenties, being diagnosed with Body Dysmorphic Disorder, depression, and anxiety, at a level of which therapists had never really seen before.’
Todd said the first episode of the special focuses on ‘setting up the situation,’ while the second dives into what can be done to help those with body image issues.
One of the first subjects he interviews is ‘real-life Barbie’ Tara Jayne, who has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on plastic surgery.
Emotional: The documentary-maker (right) says a young man he met who had ‘Body Dysmorphic Disorder, depression, and anxiety, at a level of which therapists had never really seen before’ was the interviewee that broke him
Todd said he tries not to judge the individuals he interviews in Mirror Mirror but admitted with Tara it was difficult because her surgery was ‘so extreme’.
‘I know everyone judges straight away, but she was a beautiful person and struggling on her journey. One of the conclusions of the film is, we all suffer from body image issues. We’re on a spectrum and some are further down than others,’ he said.
The exploration of body image and its use for profit is something Sampson openly professes to have played a part in after his 15-year career in advertising.
‘She was a beautiful person and struggling on her journey’: One of the first subjects that the TV presenter interviews is ‘real-life Barbie’ Tara Jayne, who has spent thousands of dollars on surgery
The filmmaker now wants to ‘pull the mask off’ to see those negative effects and what happens behind the scenes in the world of cosmetic surgery and body dissatisfaction.
The special will also look at how pornography ties in with those issues, with Todd interviewing Married At First Sight star Hayley Vernon about her move to OnlyFans.
Mirror Mirror will be Sampson’s first production under his own company Baltimore Films.
Mirror Mirror airs Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm on Channel 10
Set the alarm: Mirror Mirror will premiere Wednesday at 7.30pm Channel 10