Jeanie Finlay’s portrait of writer, blogger and activist Aubrey Gordon is a celebratory account of an individual who embraced their identity and challenged lazy stereotypes.
It began with a letter to a friend, prompted by a disagreement over fat and thin people’s relationships with their bodies, which was eventually published online and transformed Aubrey Gordon’s life. A significant but initially anonymous online presence, as Gordon’s readership grew, so did her influence. But for all the individuals who benefitted from her sage and frank discussions about every aspect of her life – from her body shape to her perspective on the world as an active member of the LGBTQIA+ community – there were the naysayers, critics and, on occasion, abusers. Jeanie Finlay’s film, which was shot over the course of six years, charts Gordon’s rise, which saw her become a beacon of hope for many and an outspoken voice against an industry that only sees profit in the discussions around ‘body positivity’.