Written by Steven Rogers, I, Tonya offers a sympathetic portrait of Tonya Harding as it recounts the events leading up to and after the 1994 attack on fellow Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. The black comedy all but positions Harding as an innocent party to the attack on Kerrigan that captured a nation’s attention and turned Harding into a tabloid stable for the next two decades. Through “interviews” that are used as a framing device, I, Tonya also delves deep into Harding’s relationship with her cold and distance mother LaVona Fay Golden and her marriage to her physically abusive husband Jeff Gillooly. Margot Robbie plays Tonya Harding, Allison Janney plays LaVona Fay Golden, Sebastian Stan plays Jeff Gillooly, and Paul Walter Hauser plays Shawn Eckhardt, Harding’s bodyguard who arranged the attack on Kerrigan purportedly behind Gillooly's back so Kerrigan could not compete against Harding at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. Directed by Lars and the Real Girl’s Craig Gillespie, I, Tonya premiered locally during last year’s Austin Film Festival and opened Jan. 4 in Austin theaters. It is release by Neon, the distribution company co-founded by the Alamo Drafthouse’s Tim League. I, Tonya screenwriter Steven Rogers also wrote the Smithville-shot Hope Floats, Stepmom, P.S. I Love You, and Meet the Coopers.
Aired: Jan. 4, 2018