Netflix’s new film To the Bone tells two stories.
The first one, about the central character’s near-fatal struggle with anorexia, is what the filmmaker intended to share with her audience.
The second story is about the missed opportunities, omissions, and tropes that remind a skeptical viewer just how much Hollywood needs to rethink the way it portrays eating disorders in film and television.
That might seem like a harsh judgment of To the Bone, a semi-autobiographical account from TV veteran Marti Noxon, the film’s writer and director. For years, she pitched the idea to producers and heard the subject matter was too niche for a broad audience. She labored to bring the film to life with good intentions, and her efforts have sparked a high-profile conversation about eating disorders. Read more…