The greatest ice skater of all time, John Curry transformed a dated sport into an art form and made history by becoming the first openly gay Olympian in a time when homosexuality was not even fully legal.
Filmmakers: James Erskine
John Curry transformed ice skating from a dated sport into an exalted art form. Coming out on the night of his Olympic win in 1976, he became the first openly gay Olympian in a time when homosexuality was not even fully legal. Toxic yet charming; rebellious yet elitist; emotionally aloof yet spectacularly needy; ferociously ambitious yet bent on self-destruction, this is a man forever on the run: from his father's ghost, his country, and even his own self. Above all, an artist and an athlete whose body time and time again –sometimes against his will– becomes a political battlefield.
"The brilliance of the British figure skater is celebrated in a documentary that doesn’t shy away from his demons" ★★★★ - The Observer
"Compelling" ★★★★ - Time Out
"Well crafted" ★★★★ - The Financial Times
"Excellent" ★★★★ - The Irish Times
★★★★ - Empire
★★★★ - The Times
★★★★ - CineVue
★★★★ - The List
James Erskine is an award-winning writer, director and producer. As well as directing a number of well-known UK drama series, he has a highly successful track record in feature documentaries including One Night in Turin (2010), Battle of the Sexes (2013), Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist (2014), Building Jerusalem (2015), and the upcoming Sachin (2017).
Sydney Film Festival 2018