More Info: http://www.smh.com.au/news/tv-reviews/what-a-booty/2007/12/20/1197740449655.html
Paul Kalina, reviewer
December 21, 2007
How curvy female bums have become not only desirable, but sexy and empowering.
Type Reality TV, Documentary
Date Friday December 21
Time 10:00 PM
It seems a long time ago now that television presenters ceased to be benign figures standing in the shadows of their subjects and became participants performing in front of their own cameras - think of Libbi (Elle McFeast) Gorr, Andrew Denton and the fearless Michael Moore in the US.
Simultaneously performing the roles of circus ringleader and protagonist, the modern TV presenter serves as the audience's ears, eyes, hearts and brains, and succeeds at making serious issues entertaining without trivialising their subjects or topics. Blogging and "citizen journalism" have made this once-progressive MO redundant, even cliche. But Canadian (need we say more?) journalist Tatyana Terzopoulos takes the cliche one step further, posing here as the on-screen blogger who reflects on her own documentary while tapping at her keyboard and throwing back a cocktail. Radical!
What a Booty! ostensibly sets out to examine the ways in which hip-hop culture, fashion and a handful of yesterday's celebrities have conspired to make curvy female bums - the plumper and rounder, the better - not only desirable, but sexy and empowering. She tracks down Michelle L'amour, a cabaret performer whose act evolves around her wobbly bits (though the slender 26-year-old belongs more on the pages of Swimwear Illustrated than a size-plus clothing catalogue); a multimedia artist who specialises in photographing women with big, make that really big, booties; and a jeans manufacturer who caters to the "fuller hips" of Afro-American and Middle-Eastern women.
Mostly, however, Terzopoulos turns the camera on herself to focus on her own "bootyful" issues. "It's time to start owning my booty and not my booty owning me," she says. But her quest to model jeans, to pose in the nude and to wear the kind of butt-cleaving bikini that any sane female would consign to the rag bin, all the while proclaiming how shy she is, comes across as disingenuous and fickle.
The conclusion she arrives at - that women come in all shapes and sizes and most aren't size 8s; that self-confidence is the sexiest attribute of all - sadly reveal the limitations of her endeavour.