Westport Town Hall hosts ‘Katie’ screening and talk with filmmaker
Westport Town Hall Theatre will next week host a one-off screening of ‘Katie’ and a post-show discussion of the film with its creator, Ross Whitaker. The feature-length fly-on-the-wall documentary, which has been getting rave reviews, follows Irish champion boxer Katie Taylor as she tries to rekindle her career after a year of crushing setbacks.
Whitaker spent a year-and-a-half filming Taylor after she crashed out of the 2016 Olympics when she lost a quarter final match to Mira Potkonen of Finland. His film explores the deeply personal reasons behind her career low and shows the champion’s determination to start over as a professional.
With many writing her off, she started again, and the famously private boxer agreed to let Whitaker’s small crew document her efforts as she pulls no punches in an epic fight to rescale the heights. The result is a moving, insightful and respectful look at the sporting and personal highs and lows of a national treasure.
Taylor has won six amateur European championships and five world amateur championships, and holds an Olympic Gold Medal from the London 2012 Olympic Games. She made her professional debut on 26 November 2016, at Wembley Arena in London, stopping Karina Kopinska in three rounds. Less than a year later, she won her first professional world title, the vacant WBA female lightweight title, after defeating Anahi Sanchez. Taylor is currently undefeated in eleven professional fights, most recently retaining her WBA and IBF female lightweight titles when she beat American Cindy Serrano in Boston just last month.
Whitaker’s previous documentaries include the acclaimed ‘Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story’, and the stunning ‘Between Land and Sea’ which looked at surfing culture in Lahinch, and featured champion surfer, Mayo man Fergal Smith.
Katie was named Best Irish Feature Documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh earlier this year.
‘Katie’ will be screened in Westport Town Hall Theatre at 8pm on Wednesday, November 28, followed by a Q&A session with the film’s director, Ross Whitaker. Admission, €9.