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by AP News Wire | The Independent | May 20, 2021
The based-on-a-true-story “Dream Horse,” about a Welsh bartender who turns unlikely race horse breeder, is a feel-good movie that’s a little too heavy on the “feel-good” to really do the trick.
But as with all long shots that pay off, “Dream Horse” has its hard-to-deny charms. While it deviates little from the conventions of the “Billy Elliot”/”The Full Monty” formula, Euros Lyn’s film also doesn’t stray from a dependable course of underdog triumph, midlife renewal and community spirit.
The performances by Toni Collette as the determined Jan Vokes, and Owen Teale, as her curmudgeonly but dedicated husband with a mouth half full of teeth, go a long way to enlivening it. So does a sense of Welsh pride. Outside “How Green Was My Valley” and Anthony Hopkins’ recent awards acceptance speeches, the richly rugged, pastoral land on the western shores of Great Britain seldom attracts the spotlight like it does here. It’s in these two things — the Vokes’ relationship and the movie’s Welsh heart — that “Dream Horse” finishes ahead.
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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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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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Film Festival in Atlanta
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | April 9, 2021
The Atlanta Film Festival 2021 takes place from April 22 – May 2 in Atlanta, Georgia. This year, conscious of Covid-safety, the 23rd annual festival will be presented in a hybrid format, with a mix of outdoor screenings, virtual cinema, celebrity conversations, limited parties, and some indoor film events. Due to the ongoing pandemic, ATLFF 2021 will be presented via a mix of drive-in, virtual and socially distanced in-person screenings.
Marquee film Dream Horse with Damian Lewis and Toni Collette will screen Wednesday, April 28th from 7:00 PM – 9:10 PM EDT at Plaza Theatre A located at 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306.
Festival passes and tickets for individual events are on sale now on the site. Drive-in screenings cost $15-50 (depending on the number of people in the vehicle), virtual events cost $9.99 and tickets to in-person screenings cost $20.
Select a showing here to purchase tickets.
For more information, please visit Atlanta Film Festival here
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Film Festival in Florida
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | April 9, 2021
The Sarasota Film Festival 2021 takes place from April 30 – May 9 in Sarasota, Florida. This year, conscious of Covid-safety, the 23rd annual festival will be presented in a hybrid format, with a mix of outdoor screenings, virtual cinema, celebrity conversations, limited parties, and some indoor film events.
Bleecker Street’s Dream Horse, a horse racing drama that stars Damian Lewis and Toni Collette and is directed by Euros Lyn, will close the event. The box office opens Thursday, April 15th. You can purchase tickets here.
323 Central Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
For more information or ticket sales, please visit Sarasota Film Festival here
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Dream Horse at USAFF51
by Alex Bentley | Dallas Culturemap | April 7, 2021
The USA Film Festival will present its 51st edition in person at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, April 21-25, going back to its normal April dates after delaying until June in 2020. The festival will include 12 feature films and over 50 short films, starting with the opening night film, Johan von Sydow’s Tiny Tim: King For a Day, a documentary about the eccentric musician/performer. Other feature films will include the documentary Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It; Dream Horse, starring Toni Collette and Homeland’s Damian Lewis; Riders of Justice starring Mads Mikkelsen; the stranger-than-fiction cyber-thriller documentary Enemies of the State; and more.
Dream Horse will air Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Central Standard Time
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Dream Horse at CIFF45
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 31, 2021
The 45th annual Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) will run from April 7 – April 20, 2021 via CIFF45 Streams, bringing film home. Online stream tickets are on sale now here for $10.00. The stream event is only available to those in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Indiana. If you’re one of the lucky ones, here is the direct link to purchase your ticket.