Dream horse

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Dream Horse is a 2020 sports comedy-drama film directed by Euros Lyn from a screenplay by Neil McKay. The film stars Toni ColletteDamian LewisOwen Teale, and follows the true story of Dream Alliance, a horse that raced in the Welsh Grand National.

It’s a story with all the hallmarks of a typically British feel-good movie in the tradition pioneered by the Ealing comedies of the post-World War II years when the country needed all the laughs it could raise.

Based on a true story, which was the subject of the 2015 documentary Dark HorseDream Horse stars Toni Collette as Jan Vokes, a bartender and shop assistant from a small, impoverished Welsh town who spends her days tending to the needs of others.

There’s one flaw in the formula, however. It lies in Britain’s long-running affair with the steeplechase, which is banned in New South Wales and Tasmania. These are the races that form the film’s climaxes. The sight of so many horses and riders crashing to the ground at the end of a jump does tend to spoil the party.

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