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MEN’S HEALTH: Filmmaker tackles male body image in film ‘Skinny Fat’

New BBC film tackles male body image issues

Written and directed by Mathew David, Skinny Fat is a Welsh LGBTQ+ comedy
drama based on real life events. A gay man confronts his belly fat in a shop
changing room, triggering him to relive an abusive past relationship. But who can
save him from his own body? The film stars Welsh acting legend Ruth Madoc (Hi-de-Hi!, Little Britain) and
François Pandolfo (BBC’s The Tuckers, Doctor Who), alongside David himself It
received its world premiere at the opening night of this year’s Iris Prize LGBT+ Film
Festival in October.

Director Mathew David says, “it is really important to start a conversation about male
body image during Movember. Men’s Health Awareness Month. The film touches on
Male body dysmorphia, Mental Abuse and body issues within the LGBTQ+
community. Most of these issues are barely being discussed and the conversation
needs to be started”.

During the month of November, men’s health is at the forefront of conversation coinciding with campaigns such as Movember.

Based on Mathew’s real life experiences with body dysmorphia and an abusive
relationships, Mathew believes it is important to raise these issues. Whilst his vision
explores these dramatic themes, there is a sprinkle of comedy and warmth in the
form of Welsh acting legend Ruth Madoc.
Skinny Fat is commissioned by the Ffolio Scheme for BBC Wales, BBC Arts, Ffilm
Cymru Wales and Arts Council of Wales.


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New BBC film tackles male body image issues

Written and directed by Mathew David, Skinny Fat is a Welsh LGBTQ+ comedy
drama based on real life events. A gay man confronts his belly fat in a shop
changing room, triggering him to relive an abusive past relationship. But who can
save him from his own body? The film stars Welsh acting legend Ruth Madoc (Hi-de-Hi!, Little Britain) and
François Pandolfo (BBC’s The Tuckers, Doctor Who), alongside David himself It
received its world premiere at the opening night of this year’s Iris Prize LGBT+ Film
Festival in October.

Director Mathew David says, “it is really important to start a conversation about male
body image during Movember. Men’s Health Awareness Month. The film touches on
Male body dysmorphia, Mental Abuse and body issues within the LGBTQ+
community. Most of these issues are barely being discussed and the conversation
needs to be started”.

Based on Mathew’s real life experiences with body dysmorphia and an abusive
relationships, Mathew believes it is important to raise these issues. Whilst his vision
explores these dramatic themes, there is a sprinkle of comedy and warmth in the
form of Welsh acting legend Ruth Madoc.
Skinny Fat is commissioned by the Ffolio Scheme for BBC Wales, BBC Arts, Ffilm
Cymru Wales and Arts Council of Wales.

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