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.

★★★★
“A heartfelt, intimate portrait”
HANNAH STRONG, LITTLE WHITE LIES

“Another joyously insightful, subversive and ultimately uplifting documentary from the great Jeanie Finlay.”
MARK KERMODE

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★★★★
“A powerful force for change”
Sophie Butcher, EMPIRE

★★★★
A heartfelt, intimate portrait”
Hannah Strong, LITTLE WHITE LIES

★★★★ Wendy Ide, THE OBSERVER

★★★★ Anna Smith, TIME OUT

★★★★ Alastair Harkness, THE SCOTSMAN

★★★★ Maria Lattila, FILM STORIES

★★★★ Liselotte Vanophem, FILMHOUNDS

★★★★ Paul Chapinal, FILM-NEWS.CO.UK

★★★★ FILM-NEWS.CO.UK

 

WINNER: Audience Award, Sheffield DocFest 2023

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 partnership with Glimmer Films.

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: 15

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  • Gloucester Guildhall  |  Friday 12th & Saturday 13th April
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PAST SCREENINGS

 

Q&A PREVIEWS

  • Picturehouse Central, London | Jeanie Finlay & Aubrey Gordon Q&A | Friday 12th January, 6.20pm SOLD OUT
  • Picturehouse Central, London | Jeanie Finlay & Aubrey Gordon Q&A | Friday 12th January, 7.15pm EXTRA SHOW
  • Picturehouse Duke of York’s, Brighton | Jeanie Finlay & Aubrey Gordon Q&A | Saturday 13th January, 12pm EXTRA SHOW
  • Picturehouse Duke’s At Komedia, Brighton | Jeanie Finlay & Aubrey Gordon Q&A | Saturday 13th January, 1pm SOLD OUT
  • Watershed, Bristol | Jeanie Finlay & Aubrey Gordon Q&A | Monday 15th January, 6pm SOLD OUT
  • Watershed, Bristol | Jeanie Finlay & Aubrey Gordon Q&A | Monday 15th January, 8.40pm EXTRA SHOW
  • Chapter, Cardiff | Jeanie Finlay & Aubrey Gordon Q&A | Tuesday 16th January, 6.15pm SOLD OUT
  • HOME, Manchester | Jeanie Finlay & Aubrey Gordon Q&A | Wednesday 17th January, 6pm SOLD OUT
  • HOME, Manchester | Jeanie Finlay & Aubrey Gordon Q&A | Wednesday 17th January, 8.30pm EXTRA SHOW
  • 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, 5.30pm SOLD OUT
  • Broadway, Nottingham | Jeanie Finlay & Aubrey Gordon Q&A | Tuesday 23rd January, 6pm SOLD OUT
  • 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 SOLD OUT
  • Irish Film Institute, Dublin | Jeanie Finlay & Aubrey Gordon Q&A | Thursday 25th January, 8.30pm EXTRA SHOW
  • BFI Southbank, London | Jeanie Finlay & Aubrey Gordon Q&A | Saturday 27th January, 5.50pm SOLD OUT
  • Showroom, Sheffield | Jeanie Finlay Q&A | Monday 29th January, 6pm
  • Bertha Dochouse, London | Jeanie Finlay Q&A | Tuesday 30th January, 6,20pm SOLD OUT
  • Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool  |  Jeanie Finlay Q&A  |  Tuesday 6th February, 6.20pm (in partnership with Reclaim The Frame)
  • Picturehouse Cinemas: buy tickets for Picturehouse cinema screenings
  • Picturehouse Ealing, London  |  From Friday 9th February
  • Picturehouse Hackney, London  |  From Friday 9th February
  • Picturehouse Bromley  |  From Friday 9th February
  • Picturehouse Chester  |  From Friday 9th February
  • Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool  |  From Friday 9th February
  • Bertha Dochouse, London  |  From Friday 9th February
  • ICA, London  |  From Friday 9th February
  • Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne  |  From Friday 9th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon – see venue listings for details)
  • HOME, Manchester  |  From Friday 9th February
  • Watershed, Bristol  |  From Friday 9th February
  • Chapter, Cardiff  |  From Friday 9th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon – see venue listings for details)
  • Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast  |  From Friday 9th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon – see venue listings for details)
  • Showroom, Sheffield  |  From Friday 9th February
  • Broadway, Nottingham  |  From Friday 9th February
  • Depot, Lewes  |  From Friday 9th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon – see venue listings for details)
  • Phoenix Cinema, Oban  |  From Friday 9th February
  • Phoenix, Exeter  |  From Friday 9th February  |  Live stream introduction by Jeanie Finlay – Saturday 10th February, 5.10pm, in partnership with Reclaim The Frame
  • Curzon Camden, London  |  From Saturday 10th February
  • Glasgow Film Theatre  |  From Friday 16th February
  • Phoenix, Leicester  |  From Friday 16th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon – see venue listings for details)
  • QUAD, Derby  |  From Friday 16th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon – see venue listings for details)
  • Watershed, Bristol  |  From Friday 16th February
  • Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast  |  From Friday 16th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon – see venue listings for details)
  • Depot, Lewes  |  From Friday 16th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon – see venue listings for details)
  • Ludlow Assembly Rooms  |  Saturday 17th and Monday 26th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon – see venue listings for details)
  • Bertha Dochouse, London  |  From Friday 16th February
  • ICA, London  |  From Friday 16th February
  • Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne  |  From Friday 16th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon – see venue listings for details)
  • Lexi Cinema, London  |  Monday 19th & Wednesday 21st February
  • Eden Court, Inverness  |  Tuesday 20th and Thursday 22nd February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon – see venue listings for details)
  • Highland Cinema, Fort William  |  Tuesday 20th & Wednesday 21st February
  • Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds  |  From Friday 23rd February
  • Dundee Contemporary Arts  |  From Friday 23rd February
  • Forum Cinema, Hexham  |  Friday 23rd and Sunday 25th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon – see venue listings for details)
  • Mareel, Lerwick  | Sunday 25th & Wednesday 28th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon – see venue listings for details)
  • Picturehouse Cinemas: Buy tickets for Picturehouse cinema screenings
  • Picturehouse Little Theatre Cinema, Bath |  Monday 26th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Picturehouse Duke’s At Komedia, Brighton |  Monday 26th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Ritzy Picturehouse, Brixton, London |  Monday 26th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge |  Monday 26th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Cameo Picturehouse, Edinburgh |  Monday 26th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Clapham Picturehouse, London |  Monday 26th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Crouch End Picturehouse, London |  Monday 26th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Ealing Picturehouse, London |  Monday 26th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • East Dulwich Picturehouse, London |  Monday 26th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Exeter Picturehouse |  Monday 26th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • POSTPONED – NOW SCREENING AT A LATER DATE Finsbury Park Picturehouse, London |  Monday 26th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Fulham Picturehouse, London |  Monday 26th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Greenwich Picturehouse, London |  Monday 26th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Hackney Picturehouse, London |  Monday 26th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Regal Picturehouse, Henley-on-Thames |  Monday 26th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool |  Monday 26th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Cinema City, Norwich |  Monday 26th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford |  Monday 26th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Harbour Lights Picturehouse, Southampton |  Monday 26th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Stratford Picturehouse, London |  Monday 26th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • West Norwood Library & Picturehouse |  Monday 26th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • POSTPONED – NOW SCREENING AT A LATER DATE City Screen Picturehouse, York |  Monday 26th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Dukes, Lancaster  |  Tuesday 27th February and Friday 8th March (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon – see venue listings for details)
  • Curzon Cinemas: Buy tickets for Curzon Cinema screenings
  • Curzon Aldgate, London  |  Wednesday 28th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Curzon Camden, London  |  Wednesday 28th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Curzon Canterbury  |  Wednesday 28th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Curzon Colchester  |  Wednesday 28th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Curzon Hoxton, London  |  Wednesday 28th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Curzon Kingston, London  |  Tuesday 27th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Curzon Knutsford  |  Wednesday 28th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Curzon Oxford  |  Wednesday 28th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Curzon Richmond  |  Wednesday 28th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Curzon Sheffield  |  Wednesday 28th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Curzon Victoria, London  |  Wednesday 28th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)
  • Curzon Wimbledon, London  |  Wednesday 28th February (recorded Q&A with Jeanie Finlay and Aubrey Gordon)

“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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