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The Ice King

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Synopsis

A searing documentary of a lost cultural icon. A story of art, sport, sexuality, and rebellion.
Watch any figure skating and it falls into two camps: before and after John Curry. From what was a macho, technical sport whose judges punished deviation, blossomed – through John Curry’s stubborn beauty – ice-dancing.
After winning gold at the Winter Olympics for a rebelliously balletic routine, audiences and reviewers alike were enthralled by his genius. But Curry’s story is about more than skating. On the night of the final, Curry became the first openly gay Olympian at a time when homosexuality was barely legal. From bullying and prejudice, to relief in the gay underworld, to his untimely death from AIDS, Curry’s story dovetails with the experiences of a generation.
This is the story of a man whose body was a battleground. From love affairs, to violence in sex clubs, to its ‘unmanly’ elegance on the ice, every act was rebellion. 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.

Details

Year
2018
Type of film
Features
Running Time
89 mins
Format
DCP
Director
James Erskine
Producer
Victoria Gregory
Co-Producer
Luc Tremoulet
Executive Producer
Alex Holmes, Anna Godas, Emma Cahusac, Kirsty Bell, Oli Harbottle, Tony Miller
Editor
Steve Parkinson
Screenwriter
James Erskine
Director of Photography
Paul Williams
Sound
Jack Gillies
Music
Stuart Hancock, Bratislava Symphony Orchestra
Principal Cast
Johnny Weir, Cathy Foulkes, David Spungen, Heinz Wirz, Lorna Brown, Meg Streeter Lauck
Assistant Producer
Siwan Clark
Line Producer
Rachel Doctors
Film Images
© Christie Jenkins Photography

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Last updated 20th November 2017

Production Company

New Black Films Limited
5 Denmark Street
London
WC2H 8LP
+44 (0)20 7836 8660
victoria@newblackfilms.com
http://www.newblackfilms.com

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