IAN THORPE: THE SWIM­MER

Doco 7.30pm, ABC1

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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.

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