Katie Taylor fell in love with boxing at the age of six but quickly found that her avenues into the ring were blocked by the sport’s traditionally sexist culture. Women were banned from boxing in Ireland, so she dressed as a boy to enter competitions. This was the first of many obstacles that intensified her drive to succeed and strengthened her relationship with her Dad, who was both her coach and closest confidant.
By the time women’s boxing was finally permitted in Ireland, Katie quickly became the undisputed best amateur female boxer in history – having won five consecutive world championships and an Olympic Gold in 2012 – when suddenly everything started to go wrong. Katie’s Dad chose to leave her family for another woman and it sent Katie’s career into a tailspin. Previously unbeaten for ten years, suddenly she was losing to boxers who she had beaten routinely for years. And when she arrived at the Rio Olympics in 2016, she was a shadow of her former self, losing meekly in the first round.
Unexpectedly, it was at this lowest point of her career that Katie allowed access to her life for the first time. The film follows Katie as she copes with the absence of her father and coach, leaves the amateur arena behind and heads for the cut-throat arena of professional boxing. Can this queen of the ring reign again and become a professional world champion?
This documentary film has been produced by Ross Whitaker, the film maker behind “BETWEEN LAND AND SEA” which screened in the Westport Theatre in May 2017. Ross has received critical acclaim for his works and this his latest project has been much anticipated as it follows Katie through the most emotional and challenging points in her career.
Running time: 85mins.
There will be a short Q&A session with the film creator Ross Whitaker after the screening.