DocNights Preview: Your Fat Friend + Q&A 15


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This film was last shown on 29 January 2024

Sheffield DocFest 2023 Audience Award Winner
Presented in Partnership with Reclaim The Frame

Made over 6 years, director Jeanie Finlay charts the rise of writer and activist Aubrey Gordon from anonymous blogger “Your Fat Friend” to NY Times bestselling author and beloved podcaster.

Her searingly honest writing describes what it’s like to be that fat person on the plane…

And how the fantasies, peddled by a diet and wellness industry worth $26 billion a year are on a par with the lies that Big Tobacco told the public in the 1950s. (95% of diets fail for lasting weight loss).

And how the biggest threat to fat people’s health might just be the bias that some many health care providers hold for fat people, and about her own fractured relationship to her body.

She spent a decade campaigning for LGBTQIA rights, so she knows that change is possible. Now it's time to advocate for herself.

This isn’t about “body positivity” co-opted by brands to sell fat-kinis to size 16 women.

Her aim? A paradigm shift in the way we see fat people and the fat on our own bodies. It has brought her an insatiable worldwide audience and threats to her life.

The most meaningful personal change is when her family start listening to her message.

Your Fat Friend, a film about fatness, family, the complexities of making change and the deep, messy feelings we hold about our bodies.

Please note, this screening will be subtitled. Our seats measure approx. 51cm wide and the gap between armrests is approx. 57cm. The seats have armrests that cannot be removed. Full accessibility page can be found here: Showroom Cinema and Café Bar Accessibility.

DocNights, in collaboration with Sheffield DocFest, is a monthly screening of documentary films taking place on the last Monday of every month. Reclaim The Frame is a film charity dedicated to championing marginalised gender filmmakers. Join the RTF mailing list here.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Jeanie Finlay.


Jeanie Finlay
1 hour 36 minutes


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