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Dream Horse

May 21, 2021 | Bleecker Street | 104 minutes
Directed by: Euros Lyn | Written by: Neil McKay | Cinematography: Erik Wilson | Editing: Jamie Pearson | Costume Design: Sian Jenkins | Production Design: Dan Taylor | Music: Benjamin Woodgates
Jan (Toni Collette), a cleaner and bartender, recruits her initially reluctant husband Brian (Owen Teale) and local accountant Howard Davies (Damian Lewis) to help her bring together a syndicate of local people to breed a foal, which they name Dream Alliance. On the racetrack, he proves himself to be more than a match for the multi-million-pound racehorses he comes up against - a true working-class champion, taking on the establishment at their own game. But much more than this, Dream begins to alter the lives of everyone in the syndicate, not least Jan’s.
Cast: Toni Collette (Jan Vokes), Damian Lewis (Howard Davies), Peter Davison (Lord Avery), Owen Teale (Brian), Katherine Jenkins (Herself), Darren Evans (Goose), Anthony O'Donnell (Maldwyn), Pino Maiello (Sheikh Omari), Di Botcher (Nerys), Alex Jordan (Johnson White), Asheq Akhtar (Peter), Raj Paul (David Patel), Rhys Horler (Alun Baldwin), Max Hutchinson (James Lingsford), Rhys ap William (Kev), Sally Harding (News Reporter), Gerald Royston Horler (Lee Baldwin)

Production Notes

The moving true story of an ordinary Welsh woman who dreamed of breeding a race horse, and Dream Alliance, who defied the odds to become a champion and brought a community together. Janet Vokes was running the bar in her local working men’s club in the small Welsh mining community of Cefn Fforest when she fixed upon the idea of breeding a racehorse. Why shouldn’t a working-class horse take on the wealthy high-flyers and compete in the ‘sport of kings’? Her mind set, she bought a mare for £350, paired her up with a pedigree stallion and helped to create a syndicate of twenty-three residents from her village – each paying £10 a week – to raise the resulting foal, Dream Alliance. He may have grown up on an allotment but Dream had immediate star quality, beating all the odds to compete at Ascot, Aintree and even the Cheltenham Festival.

Its original April 17, 2020 release date was scrapped due to the novel coronavirus outbreak and moved throughout the year. While many films made the transition to streaming platforms, “Dream Horse” made its rounds on various virtual film festivals throughout 2020 and kept to its theatrical release on May 21 in the United States and June 04 in the United Kingdom, 1 1/2 years after its initial premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

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