RTÉ aired Katie Taylor's critically acclaimed documentary 'Katie' last night and viewers were very impressed altogether.
Directed by Ross Whitaker, 'Katie' tells the story of Taylor's trailblazing journey from amateur boxing to her first professional bouts, as well as the behind-the-scenes drama that followed which almost derailed her career.
Katie Taylor has won six amateur European championships, five world amateur championships and is an Olympic Gold Medal winner from the London 2012 Olympic Games. She turned professional after a disastrous campaign at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which saw her crash out in the first round despite being favourite to win.
The synopsis of the documentary reads: "With many writing her off, Taylor decided to start again, and the notoriously private champion agreed to let a small crew document her attempt to rescale the heights."
The film unravels the deeply personal reasons behind the career low and shows the champion's grit and determination to start over as a professional. Katie won her first world title within a year and became the first woman in history to headline her own Sky Sports show.
Entertainment.ie's Movie Editor said in his review of 'Katie': "It's a difficult thing to try and grasp a person's personality when they wall so much of it, yet through gentle persuasion and a sympathetic eye, director Ross Whitaker slowly coaxes Taylor out of her shell, to where it becomes a searingly honest portrayal."
Viewers were equally impressed:
If you missed the start of #Katie on RTE then grab it off the +1 or the player. It’s a terrific film about a once in a lifetime sportsperson #katietaylor
— Luke McManus (@lukemcmanus) January 15, 2019
No flashy cars,
No tacky mansion,
No tailored suits,
No bloated ego,
Just pure class.#Katie
— Pauline Murphy (@RealPMurphy) January 15, 2019
Incredible documentary about Katie Taylor on @RTEOne last night. Still thinking about it this morning. What an insight into this extraordinary woman's character. Top class filmmaking. #katie
— Róisín Loughrey (@roisinloughrey) January 16, 2019
Katie Taylor. Just wow.
Stunningly shot too. Absolutely love it 🥊 #Katie pic.twitter.com/ufgjgQRvny
— JJ (@jayhartigan) January 15, 2019
I wonder about RTÉ scheduling sometimes. #Katie at 10.15pm on a Tuesday night when it probably would get double the audience on a Sunday at 9.30
— Pilib Ó Nualláin (@philipnolan1) January 15, 2019
My success in the ring doesn't mean as much as my integrity. The most powerful revealing statement off all from the legend that is @KatieTaylor #Katie #RTEOne
— Siobhan Bermingham (@reddevilsrule) January 15, 2019
This documentary is phenomenal. It just shows sport isn’t just for men. Some things will knock you down but you come back twice as hard 😍 #Katie
— Debbie (@BritneyJedwardX) January 15, 2019
Amazing amazing doc. #katie @KatieTaylor showing how a champion is created from the inside out. Dedicated, determined and driven. What a woman. @rosswhitakertv beautifully and respectfully done
— Kathryn Thomas (@gokathrynthomas) January 15, 2019
I can see why! Whitaker's gentle documentary style balances out the punishing subject matter and perfectly compliments #katie's personality.
— Benjamin Moore (@Beanmimo) January 16, 2019
#Katie by @rosswhitakertv was glorious: tense, emotional, beautifully shot and edited. And @KatieTaylor herself is an icon.
— Aoife Kelleher (@aoifekelleher) January 16, 2019
#Katie is an Irish legend. An amazing film about an amazing person.
— Peter Carroll (@PetesyCarroll) January 15, 2019
There is a real role model for kids, a hard working athlete, honest, humble woman, never let the fame change her. Forget your reality stars, Katie Taylor is a true hero #Katie
— Olivia (@Pinkharts) January 15, 2019
Absolutely loving the #Katie documentary on RTE, the lady is just a class act in and out of the ring, she should be admired & celebrated a lot more, especially in Ireland. Irish & Proud @KatieTaylor #Legend
— Ross (@ross_leahy) January 15, 2019