DREAM HORSE will be the wonderful feel-good film of the summer and probably of the whole pandemic and shows that a small syndicate can beat the odds and live the dream!
The film, on general release on June 4th, is based on the true story of Jan Vokes, a cleaner and bar tender in a Welsh ex-mining village, who has the dream of breeding her own racehorse. She persuades a number of villagers to put in a tenner a week for two years to form a syndicate and they breed their own racehorse, reared on an allotment before putting it in training with Somerset trainer, Phillip Hobbs.
The horse, against all the odds, has a successful racing career, although the horse’s path to glory is not without its hiccups. For those of you who don’t know the true story of the horse, Dream Alliance and who’d like to see the film (and I encourage everyone to see it!) I’ll not give any more plot spoilers!
Suffice to say, Dream Horse will appeal to racing and non-racing fans alike. It’s a David v Goliath, triumph against adversity, always believe in hope type of film which is as uplifting as it is humorous.
It was largely filmed in Wales with the racecourse scenes being shot at Chepstow and across the border in nearby Newbury. There’s a strong Welsh presence among the cast, including Owen Teale (Tolkien, Line Of Duty, Spooks and The Game Of Thrones), Joanna Page, best known for her role in Gavin & Stacey and Dame Sian Phillips, a doyen in the theatrical world, who won a BAFTA Best Actress Award for her role in I, Claudius. One of the film’s stars, Damian Lewis, a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor, who plays syndicate manager, Howard Davies, also has Welsh roots.
The film is directed by BAFTA award-winning film and TV director and another Welshman, Euros Lyn and I had the privilege to interview him today for the latest “Inside The Rails” podcast, which will be available next Tuesday. Watch this space!
Dream Horse is on general release on June 4th.