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The Ice King

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." - Wendy Ide, The Guardian; "A startling, insightful portrait of John Curry, ice-skating champion and gay icon." - Trevor Johnston, Time Out; "The skating legend John Curry is the subject of this soft and sweetly elegiac sports documentary that is moving and earnest without once being saccharine or hagiographical." - Kevin Maher, The Times


Main credits

Erskine, James (film director)
Erskine, James (film producer)
Erskine, James (screenwriter)
Curry, John (performer)
Curry, John (on-screen participant)
Fox, Freddie (narrator)

Other credits

Musical director, Stuart Hancock; original music performed by the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra; director of photography, Paul Williams.

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LGBTQ, Sports ; "The Ice King"; Film Movement; John Curry; ice skating; dance;