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A Warm-Hearted Tribute to a Spirited Animal and People
by Mark Jenkins | Slant Magazine | May 17, 2021
***3 out of 4 stars***
Anyone who’s seen Dark Horse, Louise Osmond’s 2015 documentary about a group of poor Welsh villagers pooling their money to bankroll a race horse, will know what’s going to happen in Dream Horse, a fictionalization of the earlier film. But, then, so will anyone who’s ever seen an underdog sports movie, or one of those British ensemble comedies that celebrate working-class hopes and schemes. The comic drama works because of the smarts and relative subtlety of Euros Lyn’s direction and Neil McKay’s screenplay, and thanks to a winning cast of Welsh locals and a few outsiders, notably the versatile Toni Collette, who never lets her accent slip from south Wales to her native New South Wales.
Collette deftly plays Jan Vokes, a middle-aged empty-nester who tends a supermarket cash register by day and a social-club bar at night. Her affinity for animals is established in the opening scene, in which she awakens in the bed she shares with her long-unemployed husband, Brian (Owen Teale), and a huge dog, before then stumbling into the kitchen to be greeted by a convalescent goose. Jan doesn’t covet a horse until she overhears local tax accountant Howard Davies (Damian Lewis) at the club, boasting about his success with a horseracing syndicate. (The story is partly true but missing some sobering details.) Inspired, Jan calls a meeting of neighbors in the depressed former mining town, and persuades enough of them to tithe weekly to fund the purchase of a mare. The winning argument involves hwyl, a Welsh word that can be translated as “fun” but also as “collective spirit.”
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Brother Against Brother For a Good Cause
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | May 15, 2021
L to R: Brothers Damian Lewis, William Russell, and Gareth Lewis
The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of the City of London Alderman William Russell is hosting a charity cricket match on Sunday, 4 July 2021 in aid of The Lord Mayor’s Appeal. Set within the grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company and against the stunning backdrop of the historic Armoury House and buildings, this Twenty20 match will see the Lord Mayor’s 11 (captained by the Lord Mayor William Russell) go into bat against Bobby Axelrod’s 11 (captained by Damian Lewis).
Damian told Cricket World, “My brother and I have grown up together enjoying both playing and watching cricket and I think we are both looking forward to getting back out on the pitch, and raising some money for the charities. My team, Bobby Axelrod’s 11, are getting in their practice now so we will be ready and raring to go!”
10:30 am – Cricketers and spectators arrive
11:00 am – First innings – Lord Mayor’s 11 vs Bobby Axelrod’s 11
12:30 pm – Break
1:00 pm – Second innings – Lord Mayor’s 11 vs Bobby Axelrod’s 11
2:30 pm – BBQ lunch
4.00 pm – Finish
For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit Lord Mayor’s Appeal website here.
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Marie Curie Hospice: Running for Helen
by Sam Beamish | Cornwall Live | May 13, 2021
A close friend of the late Helen McCrory has told how the star supported her family through her daughter’s illness and death. Fiona Nash said the actor would do “anything for anyone” and was a “very kind and generous person”.
Fiona’s daughter Torie Benson died 10 years ago at age 30 due to cervical cancer. To mark the anniversary of her death and raise money for the charity that supported her, Fiona’s 18-year-old son Toby Benson ran from Land’s End to The Lizard and back on Tuesday (May 11).
So far he has raised £15,500 for Marie Curie and is being backed by McCory’s husband, actor Damian Lewis.
Fiona, who lives near Land’s End, said: “I knew Helen for a very long time. I spoke to her husband last week at the funeral and I said Toby wanted to run for Helen as well as Torie.”
She said he was very supportive of the fundraiser and made a donation.
She recalled that when Torie was at the Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead, McCory, who died of cancer last month, aged 52, was very supportive of Fiona and the family. She explained: “She knew I spent six months there with Torie. After Torie died Helen did a lot of fundraising for Marie Curie. She was amazingly kind. She was a very kind and generous person. She would do anything for anyone and was a massive philanthropist.”
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Thoroughbred at the 2021 Box Office
by Nathan Bevan | Wales Online | May 5, 2021
Dream Horse, the star-studded film about Welsh race horse Dream Alliance and the Rhymney Valley community has finally got a release date. Covid restrictions saw it delayed for more than a year, but the finishing post is now in sight. Dream Horse will be in US movie theaters May 21, 2021 and UK movie theaters June 4, 2021.
Shot on location in South Wales, the film looks like a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
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Winslow: Hip Owner of Legal Cannabis Corp
by Denise Petski | Deadline | May 5, 2021
Emmy nominee Janeane Garofalo (The Larry Sanders Show) is joining the fifth season of Showtime’s hit drama series Billions in a recurring role. The first seven episodes of Season 5 aired from May to June 2020 and the series will return to complete its fifth season later this year.
In season five, Damian Lewis’ Bobby Axelrod and Paul Giamatti’s Chuck Rhoades see their vicious rivalry reignited, while new enemies rise and take aim. Chuck feuds with a formidable district attorney, played by Roma Maffia. Taylor Mason, played by Asia Kate Dillon, is forced back to Axe Capital, where Taylor must fight to protect their employees and their assets. Wendy Rhoades, played by Maggie Siff, reevaluates her loyalties and forges surprising new alliances that put her at odds with both Chuck and Axe.
Garofalo will play Winslow, the hip owner of a legal cannabis corp.