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I, Tonya

Craig Gillespie

Australian actress Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad) produced and stars in I, Tonya, a film which finally gives her a chance to really shine and has rightly garnered her an Oscar nomination. Brash and funny but also tragic, this biopic focuses on the aftermath of an infamous attack which rocked the professional skating world in 1994.

"...truth sometimes really is stranger than fiction."

The world of sport was shocked when US medal hopeful Nancy Kerrigan was assaulted and sustained injuries that threatened her career. No one was prepared for the news that Kerrigan’s closest rival, skater Tonya Harding, was allegedly responsible. Although Harding was technically a very accomplished skater, she was often criticised for her lack of artistry and her ‘trailer park’ looks compared to Kerrigan’s more polished presentation. Harding’s personal life was also fraught. Her abusive mother is played by Allison Janney, who won a BAFTA for her part in the film, while Sebastian Stan steps up as the shady Jeff Gillooly, who gave Harding the much needed affirmation she needed, but at a price.

Part mockumentary, part tragicomedy, director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) has given us a fascinating and highly entertaining look behind the headlines. And while some of the characters in I, Tonya might seem quite broadly drawn, in the case of Harding’s life, truth sometimes really is stranger than fiction.