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Dream Horse Sundance Review – Jan 25, 2020

“The Movie’s Got Spirit and Finishes Strong”

by Tim Grierson | Screen Daily | January 25, 2020

Toni Collette is a sure thing in Dream Horse, a thoroughly predictable but ultimately winning underdog sports movie. Based on the true story of a group of down-on-their-luck Welsh villagers who pool their assets to sponsor a racehorse, the movie goes a long way on the strength of the Oscar-nominated actress’s emotional performance as an unfulfilled wife and mother who decides to bet on herself. Director Euros Lyn overdoes the feel-good trappings, but it’s hard to deny the genuine sentiment that the movie stirs up.

This Sundance premiere will appeal to general audiences who just want a little uplift from their movies when it opens in the UK on April 17 and in the US in May. Collette fans will be pleased as well, and horse lovers should be charmed by the title character’s soulful eyes and knack for coming up big during the story’s most critical moments.

Set in the economically depressed Welsh community of Cefn Fforest, Dream Horse stars Collette as Jan Vokes, who works at a co-op and a bar to make ends meet. (Her husband Brian, played by Owen Teale, is out of work because of crippling arthritis.) With their kids grown, Jan (who’s always adored animals) is having trouble coping as an empty-nester — which partly explains her interest in supporting a racehorse, which might be a financial windfall and, more importantly, a way to add meaning to what she feels is a pretty humdrum life.

This real-life tale was previously the subject of the 2015 Sundance documentary Dark Horse, and there’s no mystery to why the material would lend itself to a likeable feature film. Recalling indie hits such as The Full Monty, Dream Horse is principally a salute to small-town characters who take a chance, in the process finding personal satisfaction. The movie’s target audience will want to believe that these downtrodden people can beat the odds, and Dream Horse does nothing to upset those expectations.

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Damian Scheduled to Attend Sundance Film Festival – Jan 18, 2020

Here Are 50 Celebrities Going to the 2020 Sundance Film Festival

by Sean P. Means | The Salt Lake Tribune | January 18, 2020

L to R: Damian Lewis, Alex Jordan and Owen Teale (Dream Horse Cast)

Many celebrities will be visiting Park City, to promote themselves, their pet causes and their movies playing at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and its upstart rival, Slamdance.

Here’s a list of 50 celebrities confirmed to be coming to Park City — along with the titles fans would recognize them from, the reason they’re in town (the film and its category), and (where available) their Twitter and Instagram handles.

Damian Lewis • “Homeland,” “Billions” • “Dream Horse” (Premieres)

Toni Collette • “Knives Out,” “Hereditary” • “Dream Horse” (Premieres)

Hillary Clinton • Former secretary of state, N.Y. senator • “Hillary” (Special Events) • T: @HillaryClinton / IG: @hillaryclinton

Rachel Brosnahan • “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” • “Ironbark” (Premieres) • T: @RachelBros / IG: @rachelbrosnahan

Glenn Close • “The Wife,” “Air Force One” • “Four Good Days” (Premieres) • IG: @glennclose

Tim Daly • “Madam Secretary,” “Wings” • The Creative Coalition president • T: @TimmyDaly / IG: @timmydaly

Ethan Hawke • “First Reformed,” “Training Day” • “Tesla” (Premieres), U.S. Dramatic competition juror • IG: @ethanhawke

Sienna Miller • “American Sniper,” “21 Bridges” • “Wander Darkly” (U.S. Dramatic)

Lin-Manuel Miranda • “Hamilton,” “Mary Poppins Returns” • “We Are Freestyle Love Supreme,” “Siempre, Luis” (both Special Events) • T: @Lin_Manuel

Margaret Qualley • “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” “Death Stranding” • “Wake Up” (short film, private event) • IG: @margaretqualley

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Damian and Helen Attend The Irishman Special Screening – Oct 14, 2019

London Film Festival Gala

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | October 14, 2019

Source: Instagram @finchandpartners

Last night marked the closing of the London Film Festival Gala but not before hosting an intimate screening and Q&A of The Irishman on Friday, October 11, 2019 in London.  Special guests from the film included Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel, Emma Tillinger-Koskoff and SandyPowell. A cocktail reception was followed by the screening and guests included, Andrea Riseborough, Lady Amelia Windsor, Barry Keoghan, Bianca Jagger, Bob Geldof, Damian Lewis, Dexter Fletcher, Fiona Shaw, Helen McCrory, Ophelia Lovibond, Stephen Frears, Will Poulter and Yorgos Lanthimos. Charles Finch and Edith Bowman hosted the event.

The film is Director Martin Scorsese’s epic saga of organized crime in postwar America as told by a mob hitman who recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa. The film stars Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, and Anna Paquin.

You can catch The Irishman on Netflix November 27, 2019 (USA release).

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Watch Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood Projected From 35mm Film – Sept 27, 2019

Damian as McQueen Projected by Old Fashioned Movie Reel

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | September 27, 2019

Don’t miss the chance to see Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood as Quentin Tarantino intended – projected from 35mm film and screened at the theatre of Mary Shelley‘s Estate. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Tarantino’s latest film in this format. For ticket information, please visit Shelley Theatre here

When: Thursday, November 28, 2019
Time: 20:00
Where: Shelley Theatre – Bournemouth, Dorset UK
Run Time: 161 minutes

Synopsis: It’s 1969 Los Angeles, and everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from writer-director Quentin Tarantino features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.

Shelley Theatre Details: Shelley Theatre is located on the Bournemouth clifftop, a theatre you probably never knew about. They are a 150 seated theatre and provide a variety of entertainment. The theatre was built in the 1860s by the famous Shelley family, intended to be the home of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. The Cafe is open during the week Monday through Friday from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.

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Damian Tells of His New Docudrama Series Spy Wars and His Take on Ian Fleming’s Hero – Sept 21, 2019

The World of Espionage: Traitor or Hero?

by Dalya Alberge | The Guardian | September 21, 2019

His award-winning performances have included the hit espionage drama series Homeland and he is among actors tipped to take over from Daniel Craig as James Bond. Now Damian Lewis has taken on his first role in a television docudrama about spies, whom he describes as “often quite grubby and banal”, a world away from the glamour of 007.

The Hollywood star presents and produces the eight-part show about some of the most significant espionage operations of the last 40 years. The series features undercover agents – some still identified only by their code names – who were persuaded to tell their stories for the first time.

“I find the different reasons for turning traitor or being a hero, depending on your view, are often quite grubby and banal. I’m interested [in] the motives of these spies. That’s the series we’ve tried to make,” Lewis said.

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