Hello my dears, I hope you’re all very well – and those of you at Full Figured Fashion Week are having a brilliant time!
So, my lovely friend Katie who I’ve known for years has been badgering me for weeks to write about an indie film she is super passionate about: Fat Kid Rules The World. It’s based on the book of the same name by K.L. Going and is centred around Troy Billings, who is driven to the brink because of the bullying he suffers about his weight – only to be saved (from being splattered by a vehicle, Twilight-style) by the madcap musician Marcus, who then enlists him in his punk band. Despite the fact Troy hasn’t played an instrument in his entire life. Sweat, tears, riffs and self acceptance ensues. Here, have a trailer:
You know, I’m not going to lie: I was a bit sceptical when I first heard about the movie and book, mostly because as much as I love seeing fellow fatties on TV and in movies, I’ve always felt fat dudes get a more sympathetic run than fat women like myself. There’s also always a worry that the film will laugh at the fat character instead of with them, but having seen the trailer, I think it’s hit the right note (oh my gosh, pun definitely unintended). Plus, I’ve kinda lived this story myself for a brief period, having been in a band a few years ago. Look, there’s photographic proof and everything:
The band are still going, it was just that I’m a bit
mental highly strung and sulked off like I do sometimes. Their name is Ethical Debating Society, pretty much pure riot grrrl. The lovely Tegan was definitely the Marcus to my Troy in this scenario. She picked me up, dusted me down, enlisted me for her project, pushed my boundaries and got me to be proud of myself. I, like Troy, had never played an instrument before starting the band so in my case it really was me just groping through each string until I heard something I liked. I remember almost running off stage at our first gig because I was so nervous and then when it was all finished collapsing into my friend’s arms in tears through sheer relief, writing my first song, buying my first pedal, seeing our first positive reaction. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done, definitely, and I’m so glad I can tick my #1 desire off my bucket list.
Anyway, I’ve drifted from the point! The film! Because this is an indie project they’ve undertaken all sorts of social marketing to raise funds for its distribution in the States, and, hopefully the UK. Their Kickstarter project was an amazing success and smashed its goal, though there are still 34 hours left to donate, if you have a spare dollar. Literally. Plus, there’s Tugg the Fat Kid, where you can get a private screening for your city, if enough of you in the same area buy tickets. It would be kinda cool, no?
Oh, and did I mention that the film is directed by Matthew Lillard, and that I love his rubbery little face? So all in all, we have a winner!
Although, wait: there’s more! Another indie flick that subverts Hollywood norms is also in need of donations. It’s called Dear White People, and is based around black students navigating their way through life at an elite, and very white, US college. Their tag line literally is “A satire about being a Black face in a white space.” The trailer alone is hilarious! You can find more information on their site, and their donation page is here. I love the trailer so much I have to include it too:
I’d have given more space to the latter, it’s just I only found out about it today (by today, I mean two hours ago) – but I’ve donated to both and I can’t wait to see them!