Flabzilla is complete: here is my presentation of the film and my summary of the production process.
Flabzilla subverts the concept of the monstrous fatty and plays with common perceptions of an ‘othered’ physique. A morbidly obese behemoth rises from the sea and uses her body mass to attack the city of London, which is built entirely from cardboard and packaging tape. Treading a fine line between grotesque and sex, weighty flesh and physical power clash with intricately crafted landmarks until all is destroyed.
In 2013 I was a finalist at Hamburger Queen – Scottee’s pageant for fat people that aims to promote body-positivity. I encountered a lot of new concepts to me including fat activism, body-confidence campaigning and ‘fatshion’ blogging. I found myself inspired in many ways but quite critical of some approaches and the experience led me to experiment with communicating and encouraging body-confidence in my own work. I wanted to focus on what fat bodies can do and be, rather than how fat bodies can look or how they serve others.
House of Voodoo, 2014
Modern Panic V, 2014
Folkestone Fringe Open, 2014
DarkRoom at Penryn Arts Festival 2014
I am really happy with the way that things came together and feel that Flabzilla is a powerful, beautiful film that utilises the physicality of its medium of Super 8 to project my message about body-confidence. It is my articulation of “be who you want to be” for anyone who has a body, and my comment on the catastrophising demonisation of fat people in our society.
Documentation of the Production Process
At the beginning of this project I decided to use blogging as documentation of the production process. It was an experiment in engagement – I wanted to try different ways of including my audience in my work. I had a very positive response and it was apparent that people were interested and excited. It was useful for me to get an idea of who was following the project and also gauge how people were reacting to my ideas. I will definitely be documenting future projects in this way and I look forward to sharing with you all again!
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