The Ice King
John Curry transformed ice skating from a dated sport into an exalted art form. Coming out on the night of his Olympic win in 1976, he became the first openly gay Olympian in a time when homosexuality was not even fully legal. Toxic yet charming; rebellious yet elitist; emotionally aloof yet spectacularly needy; ferociously ambitious yet bent on self-destruction, this is a man forever on the run: from his father's ghost, his country, and even his own self. Above all, an artist and an athlete whose body time and time again –sometimes against his will– becomes a political battlefield.
- "The brilliance of the British figure skater is celebrated in a documentary that doesn’t shy away from his demons."
- "A startling, insightful portrait of John Curry, ice-skating champion and gay icon."
- "The skating legend John Curry is the subject of this soft and sweetly elegiac sports documentary that is moving and earnest without once being saccharine or hagiographical."
- "Easily one of the best documentary offerings so far this year, The Ice King is a fine testament to an artist who challenged preconceptions and prejudices, both on and off the ice."
Awards & Recognition
Palm Springs Int'l. Film Festival
Frameline Film Festival
Sydney Film Festival