WATCH THIS. It will be 85 minutes that you will want to
watch again, the moment it ends.
It is breathtaking, awe-inspiring, mind blowing and beautiful. Normally I’m
wary of over egging the pudding when it comes to waxing lyrical about a film
and bigging it up so much, but it was given the big up to me when I shuffled
into the dusty mud hut in the Hari Krishna alternative living retreat (a
whole other story) last week where it was being screened and I stumbled out
of there speechless.
It is an epic documentary featuring some of the greatest minds and musicians
of our times and some controversial figures in there too to spice it up. It
was one of those films that I wish I’d had a notebook with me while I
watched it. It was jam packed with gems and golden nuggets and while I
watched it my mind was popping and light-bulbing throughout.
Do you know what, even writing about it isn’t doing it justice. Tell you
what, take an hour and a half out of your week this week and watch ‘Giant
Leap: What About Me?‘. It will enrich your day, possibly change your life
and definitely get those juices flowing.
Here’s the film’s manifesto:
“We need to collectively admit that we’re not fine, we’re not confident and
balanced and good. We turn up to work every day pretending we’re not
neurotic and obsessed and insatiable and full of doubt, and we waste so much
energy keeping up this mutual pretense for each other because we think if
people saw the truth, if people really knew what was going on in our heads,
all the crazy truth of our dark appetites and self loathing, then we’d get
But in fact, the opposite is true. It’s when we dare to reveal the truth
that we unwittingly give everyone else permission to do the same. To stop
holding their breath for a moment and actually come into the room. Be here,
present, vulnerable and authentic.
We’re on a mission to make self-reflection hip for just a moment, just
long enough to save us. If we can all collectively acknowledge our insanity,
shrug and roll our eyes at each other at how nuts it is being a human, let
alone having to pretend every day that we’re ‘normal’, the amount of energy
we’ll inherit that has been wasted on the mask will be enough to creatively
solve any global crisis.”
Yep. So just imagine what the film is like.
Get lost in it and see what comes out of you on the other side…
Then read about the guys behind it because for two people to have a vision
like this and make something like this happen…well it’s another goose
bumper. They visited 50 countries in 7 months with just a digital camera and
recording equipment. They hooked up with, among others, Eckhart Tolle, KD
Lang, Stephen Fry, Speech, Sarah Sarandon, Billy Connolly and so many more
wonderful (and one or two awful) characters and talked to them about life.
They made magic happen. And they captured it.
Here’s an interview with Jamie Catto, the guy behind it all.
Not even sure you’ll be able to handle this much inspiration in one sitting!
But give it a go…