Review: ‘How To Be a Model’

Peripatetic docu "How to Be a Model" is better as a warning than as a definitive take on the modeling world. Pic will probably have more legs on vid and cable than on fest runways.

Peripatetic docu “How to Be a Model” is better as a warning than as a definitive take on the modeling world. Pic will probably have more legs on vid and cable than on fest runways.

Former model Allison Beda spent eight years assembling footage of her friend Peggi Lepage’s uneven but increasingly eventful career in Toronto, New York and Paris, as well as talking to agents, photographers and other insiders about ins and (mostly) outs of the biz. Structured around a 12-step program for those tall, skinny and suitably pliant girls wanting to launch a career in which only 5% of models with agents get work, pic has suitable streaks of skepticism. “Trying to build up your confidence by modeling,” Beda explains, in her ongoing narration, “is like trying to overcome your fear of fire by throwing yourself into a burning building.” She tosses herself into the story, — even starting to work again — in a manner that’s sometimes more naive than knowing. Sound is occasionally obtrusive, and viewers will look for more followup at times, but “How to” offers useful insights anyway.

How To Be a Model

Docu - Canada

Production

A Muse Prods. (Vancouver) production, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the UBC Theater and Film Dept. Produced, directed, written by Allison Beda.

Crew

Camera (color, DigiBeta), Beda, Lara McKinnon, Stuart McFarlane; editors, Beda, Gwen Haworth, Kevin Willis; music, Teresa Connor. Reviewed on videocassette at Vancouver Film Festival (Canadian Images), Oct. 10, 2003. Running time: 81 MIN.

With

Peggi Lepage.
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