Your Fat Friend (15)
Sat 10 Feb 2024 - Wed 14 Feb 2024
£8* Standard | £5* Student / Under 25s
Various (See dates below)
Dir. Jeanie Finlay
2023 | 96 mins | UK, USA
*This screening will include descriptive subtitles
All screenings are available with AD, please ask at box office for a headset if you require one
A film about fatness, family, the complexities of making change while facing the deep, messy feelings we hold about our bodies. Your Fat Friend charts the complexities of finding a place in the world when you don’t quite fit.
Following the trials and tribulations of Aubrey Gordon, who has a huge worldwide following writing anonymously as “Your Fat Friend”. Using candour and humour Aubrey shares what it means to be a very fat woman in the world. Her honesty 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.
YOUR FAT FRIEND isn’t about “body positivity” co-opted by brands to sell fat-kinis to size 16 women, it’s about bringing about a paradigm shift in the way that we treat fat people and the fat on our own bodies. As the film follows Aubrey’s rise from anonymous blogger to New York Times best-selling author we learn the most meaningful change is when her family start listening to her message.
Studio 74 Seat Dimensions – Seat: 17.5″ Wide, 18.5″ Long (Depth), Back: 19″ Wide, 22″ Long (Height), these seats have arms. For full access information for Exeter Phoenix see our access page, if you would like to discuss alternative seating options please speak to the box office.
“Another joyously insightful, subversive and ultimately uplifting documentary from the great Jeanie Finlay” – Mark Kermode
WINNER: Audience Award 2023, Sheffield DocFest
Saturday’s screening will include a live streamed introduction by director Jeanie Finlay. The film will screen with audio description and descriptive subtitles and the introduction will be captioned. This event is brought to you by Reclaim The Frame.
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Directed by a woman, written by a woman and starring a significant woman.
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∆ BBFC Rating Details & content details
15 – strong language
Discussion of eating disorders