Katie

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - CINEMA - AINE O'CON­NOR

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.

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