Irish Film Institute -THE ICE KING



89 mins, UK, 2018, Digital

This film was released 2nd March 2018, and is no longer screening.

British figure skater John Curry was just 26 when he won the European, Olympic and World titles, single-handedly reinvigorating what had become an unfashionable sport.

James Erskine’s (The Battle of the Sexes) rigorously researched film delves into three key aspects of Curry’s extraordinary life: his athletic prowess and position as a daring innovator in international figure skating, his artistic ambitions to elevate his craft to fantastical heights, and his years of struggle as a closeted homosexual who overcame the repression of both family and society to become the first openly gay Olympian.

(Notes by David O’Mahony.)

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