New documentary in cinemas today highlights the career of Winter Olympian John Curry.
John Curry paved the way for generations of figure skaters to come when he won gold at the 1976 Winter Olympics. Not only was he a champion for Britain but he was also a champion for the LGBTQ+ community, who were very thin on role models at the time.
The 70’s were a very different time for the LGBTQ+ community in Britain. Despite this, being outed by a German tabloid newspaper didn’t harm his career. The same year he won the Olympic gold and the World Championships.
Now, more than 40 years after his Olympic win, Curry is the focus of a new documentary. The Ice King, which hits cinemas in the UK today, tells his story and shows just how much of an impact he had on the sport he owned but also how far we have come in terms of LGBTQ+ representation.
The documentary, which is directed by James Erskine (Sachin: A Billion Dreams) and producer Victoria Gregory (Shooting for Socrates, Senna), features unseen footage of his talented performances along with unprecidented access to his letters and archive interviews.
The film also features contributions from former British skating champions Robin Cousins and Lorna Brown, legendary coach Christa Fassi, and interviews with his family, friends and collaborators, alongside narration from Freddie Fox.
John Curry was no activist, but an artist expressing his authentic self – yet in a world where his existence was taboo, his life was unavoidably political.
The film’s story of art, sport, sexuality, and rebellion comes at perfect timing as the likes of Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy continue to fly the rainbow flag to success during this year’s Winter Olympics.
Based on the book by Bill Jones, the film has received a wealth of critical acclaim with Matt Dickinson from Times Sport declaring it to be “a moving tribute to John Curry – a sublimely talented Victoria Gregoryand complex man who straddled sport and art in an extraordinary way”.
You can see a clip from The Ice King below, which is in cinemas from today.