Cert: 12A; Now showing
Boxer Katie Taylor might be one of the most famous women in Ireland, but she is also one of the most private. She is aware, however, that she can be a positive role model, and had often thought of doing a documentary. But letting someone in to record your life requires a lot of trust, and it was when she met director Ross Whitaker, whose previous boxing documentaries Katie had admired, that she knew she had found her personal fly on the wall. The result is a remarkably intimate portrait of a woman going through tough times, fighting through them and coming out the other side.
Filming began after the Rio Olympics in 2016 when Katie had, much to her own and everyone else’s surprise, crashed out in the first round. She had been instrumental in getting women’s boxing recognised as an Olympic sport and had won gold in 2012. This loss devastated her and from that point the film goes back to explain how, from her early childhood, she was an exceptional athlete with both the skill and drive to excel. What was Katie going to do next? The film goes some way to explaining what happened between Katie and her father and trainer Pete, he is the only member of the Taylor family not in the documentary. From there it covers her decision to rebuild after Rio, move to America and turn professional. She is shy, but honest, and Whitaker’s skill and respect for his subject make this a great watch.