Film Friday: A Letter from the Director of ‘I,Tonya’

Darkly comedic and unbelievably true, I, Tonya captures one of the most scandalous moments in sports history.

The film is based on the events surrounding American figure skater Tonya Harding and her connection to an attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her story will forever be tarnished by the horrible and downright ludicrous decision to take down the competition. Starring Margot Robbie, Allison Janney and Sebastian Stan, the film has received critical acclaim and three Golden Globe nominations. In an exclusive letter written for Landmark Theatres, director Craig Gillespie says,

“Figure skating and Tonya Harding weren’t at the top of my list as I searched for my next film, but when my agent called and said Margot Robbie was attached to play Tonya Harding I was intrigued. I then read Steven Rogers script and was sold. It was a very tricky script, dancing between humor and drama, in short scenes with unreliable narrators, and I was up for the challenge.

Steven had interviewed Tonya Harding, then interviewed Jeff Gillooly. What he was left with was the contradictory stories of both. This is what he presents to the audience. I loved this idea of not picking sides, letting the audience be an active participant and draw their own conclusions.”

Read the full director’s letter here and be sure to catch a screening of I, Tonyanow in select Landmark Theatres.

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