Ride Like a Girl


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The first screening and the member only Sam Neill Q&A screening were both sold out!

This is solid entertainment, a classic feel good true life drama with some very good talent from a great director/actor. Less a play-by-play biography, rather more a time machine – one that transplants you into the most significant periods of Michelle Payne’s life. I am not into horses at all – yawn – and I found it extremely thrilling, exciting and fascinating. Imagine what you will think if you like horses!!

..a solid retelling of a story that is unavoidably moving and triumphal.

Genuinely inspirational on many levels, this film was a surprisingly emotional ride on and off the track with another pitch-perfect outing from our national treasure Sam Neill.

The trick to winning the race, advises a wise Paddy Payne to daughter Michelle, is to go a steady pace until finding safe passage to make a triumphant gallop to victory at the end of the end. Rachel Griffiths, here bringing Michelle Payne’s legendary and inspiring 2015 Melbourne Cup win to the screen, has wisely applied the same tactic to Ride Like A Girl. With a measured, grounded pace and welcome restraint, the first-time feature director crafts the ultimate love letter to the Payne family, horse racing and the single-parent household.

As a little girl, Michelle Payne dreams of the impossible: winning the Melbourne Cup — horse-racing’s toughest two-mile race. The youngest of 10 children, Michelle is raised by single father Paddy. She leaves school at 15 to become a jockey and after early failures she finds her feet, but a family tragedy, followed by her own near fatal horse fall all but ends the dream. But with the love of her dad and her brother Stevie, Michelle will not give up.

Against all the medical advice, and the protests of her siblings, she rides on, and meets the Prince of Penzance. Together they overcome impossible odds for a shot at the dream: a ride in the 2015 Melbourne Cup, at odds of 100 to 1. The rest is history.

Australia 2019, 94 min, rated PG (coarse language)
Directed by Rachel Griffiths
Starring Teresa Palmer, Sam Neill, Sullivan Stapleton, Stevie Payne (as himself), Genevieve Morris & Magda Szubanski

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