After raves at Sundance, DREAM HORSE will see a Canadian release! We loved the Documentary DARK HORSE so much and are thrilled to see it all again in this Adaptation of the Film starring Toni Collette!
Synopsis: DREAM HORSE tells the true story of Jan Vokes, (Academy Award® nominee Toni Collette) a Welsh cleaner and bartender, who decides to breed and rear a racehorse. She persuades her neighbors and friends to contribute financially to the goal. The group’s unlikely investment plan pays off as the horse rises through the ranks and puts them in a race for the national championship.
This year at TIFF, we are gifted with not one but two films about Horse Racing. Mongrel Media handles distribution on Dark Horse, a heartwarming documentary about a syndicate of non-experienced, working class pub-goers who wound-up comprising the band of owners behind Welsh racehorse, Dream Alliance. The horse of non-remarkable pedigree was bred from the combined savings of 10£ a week multiplied by 30 people, surpassing all expectations to be good enough to compete in the important 2010 Grand National.
Regardless if you are a fan of the sport or not, Director Louise Osmond does a fantastic job engaging us from the get-go. It is impossible not to be sucked-in by the small village charm of breeders Brian & Jan Vokes, Howard Davies and some of the humble owners in the Syndicate as they recount the brilliant highs and devastating lows of their dream come true of a story. Osmond manages to do this while still maintaining a lightheartedness. The Film overcomes racing technicality and jargon which can alienate those not familiar with the subject matter, speaking to a wide audience. It is little wonder this got such strong reception at Sundance.
Dark Horse might not be on the radars of many this TIFF, but is a rewarding experience. You can see it: