Film & Television

Film & TV: A muscle-bound wrestling flick ultimately loses its grip

Clever camerawork and immersive sound capture the grunt and thump of the ring but portrait of the world that the family inhabits doesn’t carry the same authenticity

Zac Efron in The Iron Claw: the film streamlines personal histories to emphasise tragedy

The Iron Claw

The Iron Claw, written and directed by Sean Durkin, takes its title from the signature move invented by Fritz Von Erich, the wrestling persona (or “gimmick”, as the sport's peculiar argot has it) created by Jack Adkisson in the 1960s.

The process involves gripping an opponent by the face, as if testing the ripeness of a supermarket melon, before squeezing tightly as the paralysed unfortunate is lowered to their knees in submission. ...