The Fattest Man in Britain

TV-Movie | GBR 2009 | 90' | OV

Georgie Godwin has not left his apartment for 23 years. Ever since the death of his mother, eating has been his main occupation. In a way, food intake has become his job. His »manager«, a taxi driver, regularly hauls in tourists, especially Asians – he takes them to Godwin’s living room for a surcharge, promising to show them the eighth wonder of the world: the fattest man in Great Britain. Godwin has come to accept his role, but his quaint life is unsettled by two events. One is that his perennial competitor, »Big Brian«, challenges him to compare their weights in public; the other is his developing friendship with 18-year-old Amy, who tries to win him over for a healthier lifestyle. Godwin is hesitant: what if he was not the fattest man in Britain anymore? He would just be another fat ass like so many others. Though in a monstrous »fat suit«, delightful Timothy Spall is compelling in the title role. The soundtrack was created by Badly Drawn Boy.

Director
David Blair
Script
Caroline Aherne, Jeff Pope
Photography
David Odd
Editor
Pia Di Caula
Production Design
Luana Hanson
Music
Badly Drawn Boy
Principal Cast
Timothy Spall, Bobby Ball, Aisling Loftus, Frances Barber
Producer
Jeff Pope
Executive Producer
Saurabh Kakkar
Production
ITV Studios, ITV

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Selected filmography David Blair

STRAITHBLAIR (1992), THE LAKES (1997), ANNA KARENINA (2000), THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE (2007), TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES (2009), THE STREET (2009)