FILM: RIDE LIKE A GIRL

2019 / biography, sport, drama / 1h 38min / directed by Rachel Griffiths / country: Australia / language: English

As a little girl, Michelle Payne (Teresa Palmer) dreams of the impossible: winning the Melbourne Cup — horse-racing’s toughest two-mile race. The youngest of 10 children, Michelle is raised by single father Paddy (Sam Neill).She leaves school at 15 to become a jockey and after early failures she finds her feet, but a family tragedy, followed by her own near fatal horse fall all but ends the dream. But with the love of her dad and her brother Stevie, Michelle will not give up. Against all the medical advice, and the protests of her siblings, she rides on, and meets the Prince of Penzance. Together they overcome impossible odds for a shot at the dream: a ride in the 2015 Melbourne Cup, at odds of 100 to 1. The rest is history.Ride Like A Girl is the incredible true story of Michelle Payne. (source)

“When Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup in the Australian event’s 150-year-plus history, she overcame 100-to-one odds, debilitating injuries, an array of naysayers and the sport’s clear gender gap. Dramatising this trailblazing feat, actress Rachel Griffiths makes her feature directorial debut with this innately inspirational tale, coaxing a determined performance out of Teresa Palmer as the star racer.” –Sarah Ward, Screen Daily

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