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.

With:
With: Peggi Lepage.

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: With: Peggi Lepage.

More Film

  • Durban Fest ‘Springs’ for Emerging Filmmakers

    Durban Fest ‘Springs’ for Emerging Filmmakers

    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 […]

  • South Africa's Jenna Bass on Race,

    South Africa's Jenna Bass Explores Race, Class and Gender in 'High Fantasy'

    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 […]

  • (L to R) Young Rosie (ALEXA

    'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,' 'The Equalizer 2' Eye Debuts Above Forecasts

    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 […]

  • Durban 2018 Panel on Sexual Harrasment

    For Black Women in South African Film Biz, Equality Still a Struggle

    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 […]

  • 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Teases Spider-Ham

    'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Teases Spider-Ham, Other Webspinners

    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 […]

  • Venom Comic-Con

    'Venom' Creators Promise 'Huge World,' Tease Spider-Man Fight

    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 […]

  • Bully

    Film News Roundup: Danny Trejo's Dark Comedy 'Bully' Scores Distribution

    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 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content