SUCCESS STORY: Margot Robbie in a scene from the movie I, Tonya.
SUCCESS STORY: Margot Robbie in a scene from the movie I, Tonya.

Margot Robbie rules in new film

A GREAT American scandal of the 1990s until it was pushed off the front pages by the OJ Simpson trial, Tonya Harding's story is one of the most appalling in the annals of sport: both tragic and laughably comic.

Now it has been dramatised into a wildly entertaining film under the stewardship of two Australians: Sydney-born director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) and co-executive producer Margot Robbie, who also plays the lead role. In it, she's fearless, ferocious, and very funny.

Harding was a woman from a poor background whose personal image made her an outlier in the graceful world of figure skating.

But as the film argues, she was once the best in the world, and her downfall can be attributed as much to the snobbery of her chosen field as to human stupidity.

The details of the crime involving rival skater Nancy Kerrigan (Caitlin Carver) that destroyed Harding's career may surprise some viewers - make sure you catch it at the Bowen Summergarden Cinema.

Nick Dent


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