Anne Fletcher on Dumplin

Director Anne Fletcher discusses Dumplin’

December 15, 2018 A DGA Q&A in Los Angeles

A young woman takes a stand against the standardized ideas of beauty and acceptance in Director Anne Fletcher’s new comedy, Dumplin’.

Adapted from the bestselling young adult novel by Julie Murphy, Fletcher’s film tells the story of Willowdean “Dumplin’” Dickson (Danielle Macdonald), a plus-size teenager who lives in the shadow of her former beauty queen mother (Jennifer Aniston), who still runs the local pageant in their small Texas town. To prove a point about measuring up and fitting in, Dumplin’ signs up for her mom’s Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant as a protest. But things take on a life of their own when other contestants follow in her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their community.

Following the DGA membership screening in Los Angeles on December 12, Fletcher sat down with Director Adam Shankman (Rock of Ages) to discuss the making of Dumplin’.

In addition to Dumplin’, Fletcher’s directorial credits include the feature films Hot Pursuit,The Guilt Trip, The Proposal, 27 Dresses and Step Up. A DGA member since 2005, Fletcher also serves on the Theatrical Creative Rights Committee.

You can listen to Fletcher's Q&A by clicking the podcast episode embedded below. You can find more DGA podcast episodes here.

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Event photos by Shane Karns - Print courtesy of Netflix.

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