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Reframing the Fat Body (15*) + recorded ScreenTalk with Tara Brown and Chloe Sheppard

Cinema On Demand

a fat black dances on a pole in darkness, lit by a blue light

In this programme of shorts, fat bodies are freed from the restraints put upon them by modern society and allowed to be fluid, free, sexy and radical.

Featuring films about fat synchronised swimmers and pole dancers, radical collectives and escapes from fat camps, Reframing the Fat Body offers a vision of a fat utopia where larger bodies are accepted and revered.

This programme also features a recorded ScreenTalk with film curator Tara Brown  and Chloe Sheppard, co-founder of The Fat Zine, hosted by Grace Barber-Plentie, curator of Reframing the Fat Body.

Tagged with: Cinema Cinema On Demand

Total event run time approximately 100 min


The Fat Feeling 
Activist and model Talia A. Darling invites a group of fat models to take part in a photoshoot and discuss their experiences of being fat in the UK.  
UK 2019 Dir Talia A Darling 13 min 

In Our Skin 
In Our Skin highlights the exceptional and extraordinary that lies within the seemingly routine gestures of undressing and creates a connection with often overlooked feelings and sensations. 
UK 2017 Dir Rosa Beiroa 4 min  

Aquaporko! is the story of Melbourne's fat femme synchronized swim team sculling, egg beating and high kicking towards their first ever live performance. 
Austalia 2016 Dir Kelli Jean Drinkwater 21 min 

Riot Not Diet  
A golden summer dress in XXL, the ice lolly drips slowly onto the hot ground. RIOT NOT DIET creates a queer feminist utopia far away from BMI norms and male gaze. 
Germany 2018 Dir Julia Fuhr Mann 16 min 

Butch Coyolxauhqui 
A butch lesbian tells the story of her queer body with the help of her mother and the Aztec goddess Coyolxauhqui. She learns from her mother’s experiences with fatphobia, and from an artist’s vision of a wounded goddess. 
Canada 2016 Dir Karleen Pendleton Jiménez 4 min 

Bye Bye Body 
When Nina fails to meet her goal in the final week of weight loss camp, she makes a deal with the devil that takes her on an unexpected adventure, through which she learns to see her body anew. 
US 2020 Dir Charlotte Benbeniste 10 min 

Dangerous Curves 
A short documentary about Plus-size pole dancer Roz Mays, who uncovers vulnerability and strength through public exposure.
US 2016 Dir Merete Mueller 11 min 
Pole dancing performance by plus-size dancer Roz Mays (who features in Dangerous Curves, part of the shorts programme), recorded exclusively for the Barbican.


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