The Human Bean

Inspired by a half-page scene in John Steinbeck's Tortilla Flat, where a family of poor, super healthy kids eat an almost exclusive bean diet, Beau decides to do much the same thing.

Synopsis

Eating only the contents of 191 tins of beans over 40 days transforms Beau into The Human Bean, and in doing so gives him a front row seat into how one food, totally and utterly, dictates how he feels. Beau uses his intimate knowledge of running to compare his former self to his bean-self, logging lacklustre training for an ultramarathon that he plans on running during the final day of the experiment. Epiphanies are had, saddles are blazed, and genuine insight emerges from what is strangely appealing day-to-day of mediocrity.

Duration: 26min
Release: 2020

Production Team

Written, Produced and Directed by

BEAU MILES

Produced and Edited by

MITCH DRUMMOND

Additional Camera

HELEN BARCLAY
BRETT WILLIAMS

Final Sound Mix

JAMES DOBSON

Animation

SALLY BARCLAY

Special thanks to

Helen for putting up with me, Owners of old house (Paul), James Valentine and Jennifer Flemming (ABC Sydney), Richelle Hunt and Chloe Strahan (ABC Melbourne), Kim Kind and panel of Studio 10 (Network 10), Kitty for exotic tin (30a) of beans, Brenda for bag of dried beans, Work colleagues for putting up with me, Cherry & Gran, Warburton Trail Fest people, Kelly Dunstan, Jodi Evans, Chris Ord, Simon Madden, Paul Browne & folks of Sea Kayak Club WA, Patagonia (Australia).

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