Oxford asks the playwright Ben Jonson (Sebastian Armesto) to stage them as his own – it would be unseemly for a man of Oxford’s standing to be outed as a writer – but a puffed-up actor called Will Shakespeare (Rafe Spall) rumbles their plot and blackmails Oxford into using his name instead.
Nancy remarkably won the silver medal in the Games and, after details of the crime - known as The Whack Heard Round the World due to the fact she was clubbed around the knee with a baton - came to light, Tonya was dished out a sporting lifetime ban.
Academics are supposedly up in arms about this Elizabethan thriller directed by Roland Emmerich because of its controversial premise: William Shakespeare did not write the 37-or-so plays, 154 sonnets and various other works that bear his name.
There are straight-faced pleasures too: the use of large-scale sets and photorealistic graphics to recreate Elizabethan London is hugely successful, as is the casting of both Joely Richardson (Redgrave’s daughter) as the young and far-from-virginal Elizabeth in flashback, and the stage actor Mark Rylance, who gives a goosebump-raising performance as the Chorus in Henry V.
But as World No.1 Serena Williams landed at Perth airport on Saturday, all that appeared to occupy her mind was the angle that showed off her best side as she posed for snaps with beau Patrick Mouratoglou.
I, Tonya will document one of the most infamous scandals in sporting history as it follows the true story of Tonya and her husband when they plotted to attack her rival Nancy Kerrigan before the US Figure Skating Championships in 1994.
She told Glamour magazine last year: 'I'm really excited because I'm producing the film as well, for the first time I have all of these other concerns that I normally don't think about when I'm just acting.
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