A Lost Documentary of Tonya Harding Made Before the Nancy Kerrigan Scandal Is Getting Its First Public Screening
In 1986, filmmaker Sandra Luckow devised an idea for her Yale thesis project: a documentary about a 15-year-old Tonya Harding and her first U.S. Figure Skating competition. It was eight years before the Nancy Kerrigan scandal. “Listen, this is like the Rocky story, this is like the American dream, this is the girl going the distance,” Luckow remembers pitching the project. “This will capture people’s hearts and then they’ll change their minds about figure skating.” Thirty-two years later, in a vortex of scandal, fury and antihero worship, Luckow’s documentary, Sharp Edges, has emerged as something else: a portrait of a Harding unspoiled by controversy. The film will get its first public screening at the Tonya Harding Film Festival, which is a double feature of Sharp Edges and Breakaway, Harding’s straight-to-VHS acting debut.