Your Fat Friend

Documentary filmmaker Jeanie Finlay returns with this engaging and candid Sheffield DocFest Audience Award winner following Aubrey Gordon as she rises from unknown blogger to world-renowned author and activist.

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WINNER: Audience Award 2023, Sheffield DocFest

A film about fatness, family, the complexities of making change and 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.

Aubrey Gordon writes anonymously with candour and humour as “Your Fat Friend” about what it means to be a very fat woman in the world.

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 many healthcare providers hold for fat people.

…and about her own fractured relationship with 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, it’s about bringing about a paradigm shift in the way that we treat fat people and the fat on our own bodies. It has brought her an insatiable worldwide audience, and threats to her life.

We follow Aubrey’s rise from anonymous blogger to NYTimes best-selling author and co-host of the podcast Maintenance Phase, but the most meaningful change is when her family start listening to her message.

Released in the UK from Friday 9th February 2024

  • Director: Jeanie Finlay
  • Year: 2023
  • Country: UK/USA
  • Duration: 96 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Production company: Small Car Big Road
  • Cert: TBC

Official website


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Picturehouse Central, London  |  Jeanie Finlay & Aubrey Gordon Q&A  |  Friday 12th January, Time TBC *TICKET LINK COMING SOON

Picturehouse Duke’s At Komedia, Brighton  |  Jeanie Finlay & Aubrey Gordon Q&A  |  Saturday 13th January, 1pm *TICKET LINK COMING SOON

Watershed, Bristol  |  Jeanie Finlay & Aubrey Gordon Q&A  |  Monday 15th January, 6pm

Chapter, Cardiff  |  Jeanie Finlay & Aubrey Gordon Q&A  |  Tuesday 16th January, 6.15pm

HOME, Manchester  |  Jeanie Finlay & Aubrey Gordon Q&A  |  Wednesday 17th January, 6pm

Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne  |  Jeanie Finlay & Aubrey Gordon Q&A  |  Thursday 18th January, 6pm

Glasgow Film Theatre  |  Jeanie Finlay & Aubrey Gordon Q&A  |  Saturday 20th January, 5pm

Cameo Picturehouse, Edinburgh  |  Jeanie Finlay & Aubrey Gordon Q&A  |  Sunday 21st January, Time TBC *TICKET LINK COMING SOON

Broadway, Nottingham  |  Jeanie Finlay & Aubrey Gordon Q&A  |  Tuesday 23rd January, Time TBC *TICKET LINK COMING SOON

Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast  |  Jeanie Finlay & Aubrey Gordon Q&A  |  Wednesday 24th January, 6pm

Irish Film Institute, Dublin  |  Jeanie Finlay & Aubrey Gordon Q&A  |  Thursday 25th January, 6pm

BFI Southbank, London  |  Jeanie Finlay & Aubrey Gordon Q&A  |  Saturday 27th January, 5.50pm

Showroom, Sheffield  |  Jeanie Finlay Q&A  |  Monday 29th January, 6pm

Bertha Dochouse, London  |  Jeanie Finlay Q&A  |  Tuesday 30th January, Time TBC *TICKET LINK COMING SOON






“Finlay has an eye for an interesting human story and a knack for drawing the best from her subjects.”

Nikki Baughan
Screen Daily

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