Greystones Film Club: Katie

Katie (Ireland/12A/89mins)

Noted for always keeping her boxing gloves close to her chest, noted Irish filmmaker Ross Whitaker (Savoirs, Unbreakable) was somewhat floored when Bray boxing legend Katie Taylor agreed to let him shadow her every move for an entire year. 

The surprise was doubled by the simple fact that Taylor’s shining career had just suffered a major blow at the Rio Olympics in 2016, Whitaker remarking, “I thought it was immensely brave of Katie to allow my camera to start following her at this low point – it’s a credit to her that she didn’t flinch in the face of telling her own complex story”. 

It’s a story that many people will know, given Taylor’s global fame, but not from inside the circle. The unifited lightweight female world champion is a notoriously private person, and letting the cameras into that private life is undoubtedly one of Taylor’s bravest moves. 

And it’s clearly paid off. Not only did Taylor enjoy a spectacular comeback during her time with Whitaker – winning the WBA title in 2017 and the IBF title in 2018 – but the resulting documentary, Katie, picked up the Best Irish Feature Documentary at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh. 

As the film hits cinemas around the country, we’re delighted to announce that Katie will be getting its local premiere at The Whale on Wednesday, November 14th, with director Ross Whitaker lined up to introduce. 

Who knows, he may even convince one of his new best friends to come along too.

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