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Tales of Ordinary Fatphobia

Josiane Blanc
2020 | 23 min 52 s


About the film



Josiane Blanc
Writer and Director
Photo : Stephan Ballard

Josiane Blanc

Screenwriter and director Josiane Blanc is a firm believer in the importance of using media and film to effect changes in society. In 2016, she developed and directed a series for TFO, Jeunes d’exception (Amazing Teenagers), about some remarkable young people who have distinguished themselves through their actions and engagement with their communities.

Josiane was selected for a place in the Black Women Film! Canada collective’s mentoring program for emerging female filmmakers in 2017; she took part in the DOC Institute’s emerging filmmakers program in 2018 and the Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative at the Banff World Media Festival in 2019; and in 2018, she was the winner of three awards in Unis TV’s PanCanadian Regional Competition. Amongst the several documentary and fiction film projects in which various underrepresented social groups will be given a platform and a chance to have their voices heard, Josiane is currently in pre-production on the seven-episode fictional web-series Blokus and the short film Faux Départ. She’s also developing her first feature documentary, Words Left Unspoken, in addition to working as a screenwriter on several children’s shows. Tales of Ordinary Fatphobia, produced and directed as part of the 10th Canada-wide Tremplin Program for emerging francophone filmmakers, is her first independent documentary production.

Producer (NFB)
Photo : NFB


Denis McCready has been working in the Quebec film and television industry since 1996. He started off directing commercials for music channel MusiquePlus before becoming head of advertising for MusiquePlus, MusiMax, Super Écran and Canal Indigo. The early 2000s saw McCready working with independent production companies, where he gained experience as a production director, line producer, and producer of documentaries, documentary series, and dramas.

No stranger to technical and creative challenges, McCready has produced low-budget auteur documentaries on subjects as diverse as dance, music, the environment and child trafficking, as well as big-budget documentary series dealing with science, exploration, and war. He has overseen shoots both in Canada and abroad, many in locations that are hard to access (the Arctic, NASA, the Russian space program) or dangerous (the Atacama and Mojave deserts, the giant Cave of Crystals in Naica, Mexico). He oversaw the production of hundreds of special-effects sequences for the series Mars Rising and produced and wrote the serious game L’or du golfe for the ICI Radio-Canada website. McCready has delivered HD programs for major broadcasters, including National Geographic (US and international), Discovery (Canada, US, Latin America), History (Canada), ARTE (France/Germany), NHK (Japan), CBC, Radio-Canada, Canal D, and Télé-Québec. In addition, he’s worked on a number of official international co-productions (Canada-France, Canada-Mexico).

McCready won several awards as the producer of Chercher le courant (including the RIDM Audience Choice Award and Gémeaux Award for Best Documentary: Society) and Bas! Au-delà du Redlight (NFB Colin Low Award at DOXA). The films he’s produced have screened at many international festivals, including Hot Docs, Visions du réel, the International Festival of Films on Art, NXNE, DOXA, the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), and the Vancouver International Film Festival. He has also produced two documentaries directed by Ian Jaquier: L’or du golfe, with Kevin Parent, and Kanata: Aujourd’hui la colonisation, as well as the powerful documentary MTL Punk: La première vague, by Érik Cimon and Alain Cliche.

McCready is currently Executive Producer for the NFB’s Canadian Francophonie Studio. Previously, he worked on many NFB short and feature-length documentaries and interactive projects as a producer for the Documentary Studio and the Institutional Program.




Elizabeth Dettmer, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Maja Eklund

Teenagers’ Voices
Alexandra Hook
Andrea Hubick
Athena Park
Alice Snaden

Researched, Written and Directed by
Josiane Blanc

Script Consultant
Danielle Sturk

Josiane Blanc

Director of Photography
Devon Burns

Location Sound
Ty Bertrand

Pauline Decroix

Emanuelle Dufour

Original Music
Mathieu Dandurand

Original Soundtrack
© 2019 National Film Board of Canada (SOCAN)

Production Manager
Sarah Kravetz

Camera Assistant
Aliou Diallo

Voice Coaching
Claude Guilmain

Voice Studio Recording
Eggplant Picture & Sound

Sound Editing
Mélanie Gauthier

Stéphane Cadotte

Foley Recording
Luc Léger

Mathieu Dandurand, EMD

Online Editing
Denis Pilon

Infographics and Titles
Cynthia Ouellet

MELS Studios

Sound Mixing
Luc Léger


Family photographs, Maja Eklund
Photo by Patrick Rooney
Photo by Brendan Lally Photography

A big thank-you to the teenagers taking part in the SickKids Team Obesity Management Program (STOMP) for their powerful testimonials.

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Toronto
Sarah Taylor – Founder of Fitness by Sarah Taylor

Studio Team

Marketing Manager
Judith Lessard-Bérubé

Administrator and Line Producer
Alexandrine Torres de Figueiredo

Production Coordinator
Sara Sajedi

Technical Coordinator
Daniel Claveau

Technical Support
Pierre Dupont
Isabelle Painchaud
Patrick Trahan

Legal Counsel
Peter Kallianiotis

Executive Producer
Denis McCready

In collaboration with


Martine Bolduc
Senior manager, content development and production, programming

Pierre Ouellette
Regional director, Radio-Canada Ontario

Produced as part of the Tremplin 2018 initiative

A production of
The National Film Board of Canada
French Program – Canadian Francophonie Studio

Press Relations

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