Toxic Beauty


TIFF Lightbox 1 Mon, Apr 29, 2019 12:45 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 3 Thu, May 2, 2019 5:45 PM
OC, Live captioned Q&A
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Capitalism & Big Business
Crime & Justice
Health & Healthcare
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Phyllis Ellis
Producer(s):Peter Raymont
Barri Cohen
Executive Producer(s):Steve Ord
Cheryl Staurulakis
Peter Raymont
Editor(s):James Yates
Cinematography:Iris Ng


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Also screening in the Big Ideas Series presented by Scotia Wealth Management

Beauty products are a multi-billion-dollar industry. Despite public attention, companies continue to get away with harmful practices that leave the average consumer wondering which brand can be trusted. Toxic Beauty's case in point is the landmark class action lawsuit brought by female cancer survivors against Johnson & Johnson, in the face of the company's insistence that their baby talc products are safe. In exclusive interviews with scientists, whistleblowers and lawyers, the film reveals the ongoing lack of government regulation of cosmetics. To personalize the effects, the film enlists Mymy, a young medical student whose morning beauty routine includes more than 27 mainstream products. Her body is tested, then tested again after using clean beauty products; the results are shocking. The film ultimately concludes that without action, the greatest chemical disaster may be the one happening inside our bodies. Aisha Jamal

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Additional Information

  • Toronto Life - The five films in Hot Docs' Big Ideas explore how far we've come - and how much farther we have to go
  • NOW - 4 Stars
  • POV - "Toxic Beauty confronts the toxicity of the cosmetics industry."