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Fats on Film

Hannah Ogilvie

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Your host, fat fashion and film & tv aficionado Hannah Ogilvie (@queenbeastsays), dissects the media representation of fat bodies and other body types. Each week a film or TV show is under the representation microscope to evaluate how these larger characters are treated either positively and negatively and discuss the very real life impact of the media's portrayal of bigger bodies. @fatsonfilm on Twitter and Instagram. Cover art by Hamish Mèk Chohan - can be found on IG at @unpackingtheself
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Join us in this electrifying episode of Fats on Film as we embark on a thrilling journey through the apocalyptic pub crawl of Edgar Wright's 'The World's End.' We delve into the intricate web of friendship, nostalgia, and societal critique woven by Wright's masterful storytelling. From pint to pint, we dissect the film's ingenious blend of comedy, …
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I'm smart, you dumb; I'm big, you're little; I'm right, you're wrong...We are talking about Matilda (both film and musicals). I was joined by Alice Mary Dunbar ( IG & TikTok) and we get into this childhood classic and of course how fat bodies are represented and treated. We talk fat villains with Trunchbull and Harry Wormwood and fat heroes like Br…
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Lets take a beloved 2004 film, make it into a broadway musical and then make that a film again 20 years later! It's Mean Girls! And joining me is returning guest, from Mean Girls (2004), its actress and host of the Better Than Bad Podcast, Jessica Rolland. Full disclosure, i truly thought this will be a little bonus episode, as me and Jessica have …
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You'll float too! You'll float too! Is that a promise? Film Journalist Becci Sayce joins me to discuss the fat representation in IT Chapter 1 & 2 - mainly the characters of Ben and Eddie's mum. We talk about how resourceful and intelligent young Ben is while being overlook and patronised by his peers and how the larger body of Eddie's mum is to con…
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According to classic children's film Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, the perfect child is not greedy, has manners, isn't spoilt and likes to read...and if you don't fit into this very tight parameter then you deserve a terrible punishment. I was joined by Matthew Tilt to deep dive into the Wonka-mania and we discussed the characterisation of A…
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Do you like watching the most powerful man in the country lust after his subordinate while her colleagues body shame her? What about Alan Rickman lusting after a woman half his age while we watch Emma Thompson cry her eyes out while Curtis has put her in the fat suit to really drive home the idea that of course Rickman would stray because she has a…
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We have all been there right, our ex-boyf who we are still hung up on after 3 years is getting married or our partner has cheated on us with their secretary, so we decide to swap homes, cars, pets, identities with a stranger across the world in a hope to be as far away from men as possible...and wouldnt you know it, there is still men in LA and 40 …
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Stranger Things is a cultural phenomenan, one of Netflix's most successful orgiinal IPs and making stars of its ensemble cast. However there is an issue we need to discuss, the lack of fat characters and their treatment. From #Justiceforbarb to Bob Newby: Superhero and now to Jim 'Dad-Bod' Hopper's extreme weightloss conversation in season 4, we ha…
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Put on your magic pair of jeans, jet set to Greece, Mexico or South Carolina, have a major coming of age experience and write all about it to your friends; its The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants! I was joined by Anti-Diet Coach and Content Creator Rebecca Edmonds to deep dive into this glorious mid-00s film where we explore the characters, with…
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Criminal Minds is a police procedrual crime drama starting in 2005 and still airing today over 300 episodes later. Returning guest and friend of the pod, Ygraine Hackett-Cantabrana joined me to hold my hand through this beloved show (I had never seen an epsiode) where we discuss the shows depiction of fat femme killers and how they project the well…
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Big girls are having a moment. Survival of the Thickest dropped on Netflix in July 2023 starring and produced by Michelle Buteau and it follows Mavis Beaumont as her star rises across New York City being the hottest stylist in the game and how she brings her friends and community with her on her ascension to greatness. I was joined by lecturer and …
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Would you like to be part of our world? Join myself and Fierce Fat Femme herself, Angelina, as we discuss The Little Mermaid; the villain of Ursula, what we admire about her, what we don't and our thoughts on the Disney Princess influence on the beauty standard. You can find Angelina at the following; IG TikTok…
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No return, no reason! Yellowjackets is one of the most exciting shows right now following 2 timelines, 1 set in the 90s where a teenage girls football team has crashed in the wilderness and they need to fight for their survival. Another in present day where a few of the survivors are trying to navigate their lives post wilderness. The series got a …
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Ah Mean Girls, you delightfully problematic and amazing film. I was joined by actress and host of the Better than Bad podcast Jess Rolland to discuss our personal relationships with this film, fat representation in media from an actress's perspective and our thoughts and hopes for the 2024 muscial film adaptation of Mean Girls. Disclaimer: This pod…
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I'm your number one fan! My guest, creator and host of the Talking Hitch Podcast and Assistant Editor of Ghouls Magazine, Rebecca McCallum, dove head first into the character of Annie Wilkes (played by the tremendous Kathy Bates) as the iconic Stephen King villain. We discussed how her larger body is used to uglify this villain further, and how we …
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Major content / trigger warning for eating disorders, diet culture, diets and eating habits and exercise regimes. Fat Thor was an interesting contribution to the Marvel landscape especially against the usual physiques we are used to seeing in the superhero genre. Myself and guest Sarah Miles discuss the impact of the pressure to look like a superhe…
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Hold on to your butts! We are talking all things Dennis Nedry in a little known film, Jurassic Park. Have you considered why the choice to have the human villain of this epic film portayed by someone in a larger body is a purposeful one in order to convey the character's greed non-verbally? Well here is the podcast for you to learn all about it and…
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Bridesmaids (2011) was a massive hit where "women are funny". Melissa McCarthy's breakout role as Megan, the crass but confident bigger woman who brings the group together. But is she a positive representation of a fat woman? You can find the podcast here; @fatsonfilm - Twitter @fatsonfilm - IG And me here; @queenbeastsays - Twitter @queenbeastsays…
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Want anything from the shop? This week I was joined by Val, contributor for Ghouls Magazine to discuss in depth the fat representation of Hot Fuzz (2007) directed by Edgar Wright and starring Simon Pegg & Nick Frost. We talk about how Frost's body helps non-verbally communicate his character's traits. There is good and bad to be discussed here. You…
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The beloved television series, The Office (2005-2013), has captured the hearts of millions with its witty humor and relatable characters. However, upon delving deeper into the show, one may come to a startling realization: the representation of overweight individuals is lacking. This podcast episode explores the complex relationship between our lov…
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Alright folks, put on your blue suede shoes and get ready to rock 'n' roll with our latest episode! This week, we're diving deep into the life and death of the King himself, Elvis Presley. And what better way to do it than by discussing the biopic directed by the fabulous Baz Luhrmann. Joining me is the ever-insightful Harriet Fletcher, contributor…
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Are you ready to dive deep into the dark and twisted world of David Fincher's Seven? Strap in and get ready for a wild ride, because we're going to explore some fascinating themes and topics that will leave you thinking long after the credits roll. Join me and the brilliant Dr. Vincent M Gaine as we delve into the fat representation present in the …
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This week on the podcast, we're digging into the ups and downs of Bridget Jones' Diary. Sure, it's a classic romantic comedy with a charmingly bumbling protagonist and a swoon-worthy love interest. But let's not forget the elephant in the room... or rather, the alleged elephant that Bridget is constantly being told she resembles. That's right, folk…
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Hey there, fellow Shrill fans! Are you still mourning the fact that this amazing show only got a measly three seasons? Well, fear not my friends, because today we have a special guest joining us on a deep dive into this groundbreaking series. We have none other than the hilarious and insightful Lindsay Johnson, aka Fantastical Fatty. Together, we'r…
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Get ready to rock out with this week's episode as I am joined by the fierce writer, Caitlin Kearns. She's a self-proclaimed "fat, queer and disabled weirdo from Belfast," and we're diving deep into the 2003 hit movie, School of Rock. We're discussing how Jack Black's bigger body helps to tell the story of the movie. We all know that in Hollywood, t…
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In this episode, we delve into a truly groundbreaking film from 2001: Shrek. But what's so special about this movie, you might ask? Well, it's not just your run-of-the-mill animated feature. No, Shrek was a game changer for the cinema world and paved the way for a new type of storytelling. And with us to explore this fascinating topic is none other…
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Join me for a chilling discussion on the 2022 Spanish Horror film, Piggy, with special guest Ygraine Hackett-Cantabrana, host of What A Scream podcast and contributor to Ghouls Magazine and Moving Pictures Film Club. We delve into the complex character of Sara, portrayed by Laura Galán, a young, overweight girl living in rural Spain who is tormente…
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I was joined by Ghouls Magazine contributor and freelance writer Sarah Miles to discuss the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Hairspray (2007). We discussed the fat representation in Tracy Turnblad, the fat suit wearing Edna and how the other characters treat these characters because of their larger bodies.You can find Sarah on;TwitterIGThe P…
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This week, I have Ghouls Magazine Contributor and the Monstrous Flesh podcast co-host Meg Kenny on the pod to discuss Silence of the Lambs (1991) and how this film treats and portrays it's fat victims. You can find Meg here; @monstrous_meg - IG @mounstrous_meg - Twitter The Pod at; IG Twitter And me, Hannah Ogilvie, at; IG Twitter TikTok…
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