IAN THORPE: THE SWIMMER
Doco 7.30pm, ABC1
Ian Thorpe polarises opinion, so it will be interesting to see the level of engagement with this offering from his friend and Two Hands director Gregor Jordan, who explores Thorpe’s quest to make the London Olympics. His inability to make the swim team means the doco doesn’t have the desired ending. And, as a piece of film, it doesn’t offer much insight into the man, who remains very much an enigma even after viewing.
There is insight into his drive to achieve. His renewed passion for the sport he walked away from is on show. But an understanding of what makes him tick isn’t overly delivered. He’s honest and candid, discusses the “gay” rumours and touches on the arduous moments when he has lived in the public eye, namely his 2010 financial woes, and the doubts as his comeback derailed. As a behind-the-scenes peek into professional sport, this is a valid excursion. But if you want to know more about Thorpe and the many layers that he clearly carries, then you’ll be disappointed.