Flabzilla, 2014

Flabzilla is complete: here is my presentation of the film and my summary of the production process.

Presenting Flabzilla

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 QueenScottee’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.


Created, Directed, Edited and performed by Kayleigh O’Keefe
Directed and shot by Bill Rodgers
Music by Tamsyn Swingler
Cityscape built by Clive Boyd, Roxanne Lahndun, Kayleigh O’Keefe, Bill Rodgers


LSFF, 2014

House of Voodoo, 2014

Modern Panic V, 2014

UAMO, 2014

Analogica, 2014

Wotever DIY Film Festival, 2014

Folkestone Fringe Open, 2014

Experimental Studio Film Night, 2014

Entzaubert Queer and DIY Film Festival 2014

Dandifest 2014

DarkRoom at Penryn Arts Festival 2014



Still from Flabzilla, 2014

Production Summary

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!

Here are all the posts in order:

Flabzilla Pre-Production 1: Conception

Flabzilla Pre-Production 2: Super 8 Equipment

Flabzilla Pre-Production 3: Set-Building

Flabzilla Production: Filming on Location

Flabzilla Production: Filming on Set

Flabzilla Post-Production: Editing


Still from Flabzilla, 2014

About Kayleigh

Glorious Leader of Gash Land, World Famous Artiste, Fist-Queen, Flabzilla and Pervert-Siren Kayleigh O’Keefe is a London-based artist working in live art and film to engage with sexuality, body acceptance and non-assimiliationist social assertion.

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