Jeanie Finlay’s rousing portrait of author, activist and podcaster Aubrey Gordon.
Dir. Jeanie Finlay / United Kingdom, United States / 2023 / English
Celebrated documentarian Jeanie Finlay (Sound It Out, Seahorse) has always focused on those who go against the grain. Here she turns her camera on Aubrey Gordon, self-defined fat activist, and creator of the incisive, must-share blog Your Fat Friend. Shot over six years, the film charts the evolution of Gordon’s work through her initially anonymous writing, her doxxing, her book deal and the launch of popular podcast Maintenance Phase. Gordon's illuminating critique and lived experience as a queer fat woman powerfully interrogate the structures of anti-fat bias that damage and condescend to fat people on a daily basis. She is a formidably engaging and effortlessly charming presence, and Finlay has created a casually intimate portrait of the intersection between her private and public lives.
Anna Bogutskaya, Film and Talks Programmer
Jeanie Finlay will be at the festival to present her film.
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Writer-director: Jeanie Finlay
Jeanie Finlay (she/her) is one of Britain’s most distinctive documentary makers. From the northeast of England, she creates award-winning work for cinema and television – made with steel and heart – that tell intimate stories for international audiences.
She has made films for HBO, IFC, and BBC Storyville, including the Emmy®-nominated documentary The Last Watch and the BIFA-winning Orion: The Man Who Would Be King. Her films have been showcased in retrospectives at the Museum of Moving Image in New York, on BFI Player, and on the Criterion Channel.
Jeanie was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Arts by Nottingham Trent University in recognition of her contribution to filmmaking and received the Sheffield Doc/Fest Inspiration Award. Glimmer Films, the production company she founded, was named by Creative England/The Telegraph as one of the 50 most creative companies in England.
Producer: Jeanie Finlay, Suzanne Alizart
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