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Dream Horse Screening at UNCSA
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | February 29, 2020
This year’s RiverRun International Film Festival will close with comedy-drama Dream Horse starring Damian Lewis and Toni Collette.
The RiverRun International Film Festival is a regional event based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and is one of the premiere film festivals in the southeastern United States. The 22nd annual RiverRun will be held March 26 – April 5, 2020.
The closing night film Dream Horse will be screened at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts on Sunday, April 5, 2020 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
RiverRun’s 11-day Festival programming regularly includes a selection of family-friendly, independent, international and celebrity driven films, attracting diverse audiences – which include local film aficionados, young families, niche audiences and cultural tourists.
In all, audiences will be able to choose among 77 feature films and 96 shorts from 42 countries, Most movies in the festival will be screened in Winston-Salem, including some screenings at a new location for the festival, Marketplace Cinema. Some movies will also be shown at RED Cinemas in Greensboro.
Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. March 4, 2020 at the Stevens Center box office. All regular screenings for the festival are $12 for adults and $10 for students, with $6 matinees Monday through Friday before 5 p.m. Ticket packages are also available.
For more information on films and tickets, go to riverrunfilm.com/ or call 336-721-1945.
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Easter Monday Family Race Day
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | February 26, 2020
To celebrate the upcoming release of the new movie Dream Horse, which is based on the true story of a horse named Dream Alliance, the legendary horse himself will return 10 years later as Guest of Honor and parade in the winner’s enclosure at Chepstow Race Course on Monday, April 13, 2020. He is one of the most celebrated horses in racing, bred on an allotment, who went on to win the biggest race in Wales, the Coral Welsh Grand National, 2009. The retired champ will hopefully be available to meet his fans throughout the day.
Dream Horse is inspired by Dream Alliance’s historic win and stars Damian Lewis, Toni Collette, Owen Teale and Joanna Page. Get ready for the feel-good film of the spring, as Dream Horse hits UK cinemas on April 17, shortly after Chepstow’s family fun day to coincide with the launch of the movie.
Chepstow’s gates open at 12:00 p.m., with first race at 2:00 p.m. and last race at 5:30 p.m. Children aged 17 and under enter free. To join in on the popular Easter Monday Family Race Day and for more information about tickets, please visit Chepstow Racing and Events here.
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Following a Dream
by Laura DeMarco | Cleveland.com| February 20, 2020 – and –
by Scott Suttell | Crain’s Cleveland Business | February 20, 2020
The 44th annual Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) has announced its opening and closing night films. The festival, which runs from Wednesday, March 25 to Sunday, April 5, 2020 will open with the English dramedy Military Wives and will close it’s final year at Tower City Cinemas at 7 p.m. with Dream Horse, a Welsh movie about Dream Alliance, an unlikely racehorse bred by small-town bartender played by Toni Collette.
Dream Horse, which also stars Damian Lewis, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last month. CIFF had this to say of its Closing Night choice:
“With very little money and no experience, Jan convinces her neighbors to chip in their meager earnings to help raise Dream in the hopes he can compete with the racing elites. The group’s investment pays off as Dream rises through the ranks with grit and determination and goes on to race in the Welsh Grand National, showing the heart of a true champion.”
“It’s a great last film to screen at Tower City,” says Bill Guentzler, CIFF artistic director. “It’s a very inspiring film that shows a group of people can come together and do what they dream of and succeed.”
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It Takes a Village to Raise a Champion
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | February 19, 2020
It takes a village to raise a champion. Based on the incredible true story of Dream Alliance, bred on an allotment, born to win. Starring Toni Collette, Damian Lewis, Owen Teale, and Joanna Page. Dream Horse hits theaters this spring – April 17 for the UK and May 1 for USA. View the movie photostills in our Gallery here, behind the scenes photos here, and you can view the first video CLIP titled “Trial Run” here.
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by Leslie Felperin | Hollywood Reporter | January 28, 2020
Toni Collette and Damian Lewis play members of a syndicate formed to raise a thoroughbred in this comedy-drama set in Wales and based on a true story.
Anyone who saw director Louise Osmond’s 2015 documentary Dark Horse, winner of the audience award at Sundance that year, knew it was a racing certainty that this almost-too-good-to-be-true story would get made into a feature film someday. Some critics even had casting suggestions: Jim Broadbent was mentioned a couple of times for the role of Brian “Daisy” Vokes, husband of Jan Vokes (Imelda Staunton? one critic mused), who was the mastermind behind the plan to breed a racehorse and pay for its keep and training through weekly subscriptions. The members of this syndicate were mostly clients at the local village pub where Jan worked as a barmaid, in a former mining village in South Wales.
Like horse racing, filmmaking is a high-risk gamblers’ game, but the team behind Dream Horse, the resulting dramatization of the Vokes’ story, have surely bred a winner with this endearing, determinedly crowd-pleasing adaptation. Even without knowing the real-life facts (in the U.K., especially in Wales, the story’s well known), the outcome could very easily be predicted by anyone who’s ever seen a British movie about plucky, working-class folk in a provincial setting triumphing over odds or at least exceeding expectations. But thanks to a well-assembled package, smoothly directed by Euros Lyn (best known for his TV work, including Doctor Who, Broadchurch and an episode of Black Mirror), and good casting all around, crowned by the reliably excellent Toni Collette as Jan, this has every chance of sprinting to victory at the box office finish line.