There are countless new films added to Netflix every week, and we’re very thankful for it. But the streaming platform also holds some secrets, including some of the best films released decades ago, including one of Margot Robbie‘s best movies, I, Tonya. We’re using on Netflix flashback feature to shine a new light on the 2017 classic.
Bridging the gap between mainstream film and the independent sphere, actress Margot Robbie has come from a regular role on the classic soap Neighbours, to the heights of Hollywood. First appearing in two low-budget thrillers Vigilante and I.C.U, during her time in high school, she would describe her first experience of being on a film set as a “dream come true”, as she made her way up the acting ladder to eventually make her big-screen break with Richard Curtis’ About Time.
Receiving acclaim from around the world, filmmaker Martin Scorsese described the actress as having “a unique audacity that surprises and challenges and just burns like a brand into every character she plays. […] Margot is stunning in all she is and all she does, and she will astonish us forever”.
All it took was Robbie’s silver screen debut for her to quickly catapult to international success, receiving two separate academy award nominations for her performances in both 2018s I, Tonya, as well as 2019s Bombshell. However, it was the former that most remember as Robbie’s major step into stardom and, most importantly, critical acclaim.
Establishing herself as a powerful lead actress, from her dominating performance in Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, to her scene-stealing portrayal of the wicked Harley Quinn, Margot Robbie put herself front and centre for her next film, 2017s I, Tonya.
Directed by Craig Gillespie, Margot Robbie’s real-life depiction of figure-skater Tonya Harding, who infamously implicated an attack on competitor Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 Winter Olympic trials, is a powerhouse performance, perfectly combining dramatic sincerity with unhinged humour.
Earning herself an Academy Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, I, Tonya was a public statement to the rest of the industry that she wanted to be recognised amongst the great leading actresses of a generation.
Watch I, Tonya on Netflix now.