Wildcard Distribution is an Irish film distributor established in early 2013 specialising in new and fresh approaches to distribution. has announced that they will release Ross Whitaker’s eagerly anticipated Katie Taylor documentary, Katie, in cinemas across Ireland on Friday, October 26th. The news comes with the release of the one-sheet poster for the film.
The film which picked up the Best Irish Feature Documentary award at the Galway Film Fleadh earlier this year, intimately follows champion boxer Katie Taylor as she attempts to rebuild her career after a year of turmoil threatened to derail her career. 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.
I’m so happy to be bringing Katie to Irish audiences and to give viewers the opportunity to learn more about Katie, who most Irish people love but few people feel they really know. It was a privilege to have access to this sporting icon and to discover so much about her in the process of making the film. It’s crazy to think that women’s boxing actually wasn’t allowed in Ireland when she started in the sport as a young girl. Katie has been breaking boundaries all her life and it’s a very powerful and timely story. I thought it was immensely brave of Katie to allow my camera to start following her at the low point of her career, after defeat at the Rio Olympics in 2016, and its a credit to her that she didn’t flinch in the face of telling her own complex story. It allowed our team to tell a tremendously honest and emotional story against the exciting and tense background of Katie’s attempt to make it back to the top of her sport, this time in the professional ranks.
Ross Whitaker is one of Ireland's most respected documentary filmmakers. His work includes Katie, Between Land & Sea and Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story., Director
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 champions 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.
Katie 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 Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland (FÉ/SI) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry., RTE, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and Wildcard Distribution.
Wildcard Distribution will release Katiein Irish cinemas on 26th October.