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The Ice King

Released to coincide with the final days of the 23rd Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, award-winning director James Erskine's documentary reappraises one of figure skating's groundbreaking figures, who refused to play by the rules. The film pays affectionate tribute to the enduring legacy of Birmingham-born athlete John Curry, who became the first openly gay Olympian in 1976, a few years after the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. Previously unseen footage of Curry's balletic performances are juxtaposed with his letters and archive interviews, plus contributions from people who knew him well including British skating champions Robin Cousins and Lorna Brown, and coach Christa Fassi. This mosaic of testimonies reveals the bullying and intolerance that Curry faced to stay true to himself before his untimely death from Aids in 1994.