The naked truth about weight loss in documentary

Dianella filmmaker Ben Croker exposed the after-effects of losing about 60kg in his documentary Skin and Bone.
Dianella filmmaker Ben Croker exposed the after-effects of losing about 60kg in his documentary Skin and Bone.

DOCUMENTARY filmmaker Ben Croker turned the camera on himself in his most vulnerable state.

After a lifetime of being overweight, the Dianella resident had lap band surgery to lose weight.

The treatment was successful, but he eventually gained weight so he went one step further and had a gastric sleeve procedure, which removed two-thirds of his stomach, in 2009.

Six years and about 60kg later, Croker has achieved his weight goal but found he had excess skin.

He decided to document his consultations with doctors and how he reached his decision to have the skin surgically removed.

In his documentary Skin and Bone, Croker appears naked for his doctor, who marks on his body where incisions need to remove the excess skin.

“It was not an easy decision to make to film this process; turning the camera on myself was not the original concept,” Croker said.

“It was confronting for me but I wanted to make this documentary honest and raw.”

The WA Screen academy masters student at Edith Cowan University said he spoke to his doctors about the idea of making the documentary before he began filming.

“I feel like the media cover weight loss all the time and it is amazing but no one ever talks about this (excess skin),” he said.

“This is a real issue and it is important to raise it.”

The documentary made an impact, winning the Judges Award for best documentary this month.

Croker reveals in the documentary he does want to have the surgery, but told the Eastern Reporter he had not yet.

“I am hoping to find a funding body to take this as a topic for a longer form, to cover the operation and recovery,” he said.