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Irish Film London to Host UK Premiere of Ross Whitaker's 'Katie'
30 Jan 2019 : News Desk
Irish Film Londonís St Brigidís Day Film Festival takes place at Regent St Cinema on Sunday 3rd February at 6pm.

Irish Film London will host the much-anticipated UK premiere of Katie, the award-winning documentary that offers an incredible and emotional insight into the realm of world champion boxer Katie Taylor.

Described by British champion Anthony Joshua as ‘phenomenal’, the notoriously private Irish Olympic Gold medal winner has become the most decorated and celebrated female fighter of all time.

Taylor has won six amateur European championships, five world amateur championships and an Olympic Gold Medal at London 2012. She turned professional after a disastrous campaign at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which saw her spectacularly crash out in the first-round despite being the firm favourite to take successive Gold medals.  She won her first world title within a year and currently holds a perfect professional record of 12 straight wins, including the successful defence of her WBA and IBF World titles in December at Madison Square Garden. In March 2019 Taylor will fight to become the Undisputed Lightweight Champion of the World.

This film unravels the deeply personal reasons behind Taylor’s heart-breaking career low in Rio and shows the champion’s grit and determination to start over as a professional in one of the toughest industries for a woman to make her mark in. Despite many having written her off, Taylor allowed a small crew to document her journey as she worked to rebuild her career.

The documentary, which won the Best Irish Feature Documentary award at the 2018 Galway Film Fleadh, is produced by Ross Whitaker and Aideen O’Sullivan (‘When Ali Came to Ireland’) for True Films and Venom with Andrew Freedman (‘His & Hers’, ‘Mom and Me’) as Executive Producer. The film received funding from Screen Ireland, RTE, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and Wildcard Distribution who handled its Irish cinemas release back in October.

Kelly O’Connor, Founder and Programming Director at Irish Film London said:

“Katie Taylor will likely go down in history as one of the greatest boxers of all time. She is an inspiration for young women the world over, not just in sport. The film reveals astonishing insights about her journey to the top of what is one of the toughest industries for anyone to compete in. But this is so much more than a film about boxing; it explores the challenges of being a woman in a male dominated industry, being an Irish woman living abroad, and the personal journeys we face when forced to separate ourselves from our family and mentors.”

The screening of Katie is part of the Irish Embassy in London’s St. Brigid’s Day Festival - an annual celebration of Irish Women, which includes a number of other events taking place in London. The festival also reaches across the globe, with events at many Irish embassies, consulates and other Irish venues around the world.

The film will be preceded by a panel discussion, which will highlight some of Ireland’s most successful female professionals both behind and in front of the camera and reflect on the current climate for Irish women in the UK industry. Bringing together the monumental forces of the UK & Ireland’s major networks for women in Film & Television, Irish Film London presents panellists Dr. Susan Liddy (Women in Film & TV Ireland Chair), Anne Morrison (Women in Film & TV UK), actress Eileen O’Higgins (‘Brooklyn’, ‘Mary Queen of Scots’) and producer Sienna Beckman. The discussion will be followed by a networking reception, free for panel ticket holders.

Schedule of events: Sunday 3rd February 2019

3.45pm - 4.45pm: Panel discussion: Irish Women in Film & TV in the UK, featuring Dr. Susan Liddy (Women in Film & TV Ireland Chair) and Anne Morrison (Women in Film & TV UK), and actress Eileen O’Higgins (‘Brooklyn’, ‘Mary Queen of Scots’) and producer Sienna Beckman.
4.45pm - 6pm: Networking Reception
6pm - 7.30pm: UK Premiere of KATIE
7.30pm - 8pm: Q&A with Ross Whitaker, the film's director

Tickets for the event are available - here. (Discounts code: MNA)

Click here for more information about the St. Brigid’s Day Festival




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