Irish company, Wildcard, have acquired the distribution rights for the new Katie Taylor documentary, KATIE TAYLOR: THE COMEBACK, with an Irish cinema release set for later this Summer. The news follows Katie’s IBF World Title win over the weekend.
The film, which is directed by Ross Whitaker (Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story) intimately follows champion boxer, Katie Taylor, as she attempts to rebuild her career after a year of turmoil threatened to derail it. 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.
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 film unravels the deeply personal reasons behind the career low, and shows the champion’s grit and determination to start over as a professional.
Taylor won her first world title within a year, and became the first woman in history to headline her own Sky Sports show. She added the IBF title to her WBA crown on Saturday night, and is now one of only seven professional women boxers to hold unified titles across the different weight divisions in the sport.
Speaking about working with Katie Taylor and the film’s release, director, Ross Whitaker, commented:
“It’s been a privilege to follow so closely the remarkable and fascinating quest that Katie has taken on and it’s priceless to be able to bring the audience so close to Katie. Katie might be shy and private, but she has that presence that draws the camera and the audience to her. We’re delighted to be working with Wildcard Distribution who have an impressive record of finding audiences with documentaries, notably with their ground-breaking success on Bobby Sands recently. They have the agility and innovative approach to help us to bring this film to the wide audience that it deserves.”
Patrick O’Neill, Wildcard Distribution M.D. added:
“As Wildcard celebrates its 5th birthday, everyone at the company is incredibly excited at the prospect of working with the filmmakers and Katie Taylor on the release of KATIE TAYLOR: THE COMEBACK, this summer. Ross is creating a very special film, and one that will resonate greatly with audiences at home and worldwide. Katie is a trailblazer in her field, an inspirational sporting figure, and we’re looking forward for everyone to find out more about the this amazing sportsperson.”
The documentary is produced by Ross Whitaker and Aideen O’Sullivan (When Ali Came To Ireland) for True Films and Venom with Andrew Freedman (His & Hers, Mom and Me) as Executive Producer, with funding from the Irish Film Board / Bord Scannáin na hÉireann, RTÉ, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, and Wildcard Distribution.
Wildcard Distribution will release KATIE TAYLOR: THE COMEBACK in Irish cinemas in summer 2018.