Dream Horse

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Dream Horse

Venue Raffertys Theatre
Dates 18 September - 19 September 2021
Category Cinema Screening


This event has been cancelled due the restrictions of the current NSW Public Health Orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our Box Office team will be in contact with you in due course to discuss either rescheduling of your tickets or processing of a full refund.

Sony Pictures

In the former mining village of Cefn Forest in South Wales, Jan Vokes (Toni Collette) rises at dawn each morning to clean and work the register at the local supermarket, and bartends at a workingmen’s club at night, all while caring for her elderly parents and disabled husband, Brian (Owen Teale). An animal lover who has raised rabbits, whippets and even prize-winning pigeons, Jan is inspired by club patron Howard Davies’ (Damian Lewis) talk of his time as part of a syndicate that owned a winning racehorse, and decides to try to breed one herself.

Undaunted by her incredulous husband’s lack of support and her own lack of cash, she buys an undistinguished mare for £300 and installs her in a makeshift stable in her garden. But breeding and training a racehorse will take thousands of pounds more, so Jan enlists the help of a motley crew of villagers to each contribute ten pounds a week to join a fledgling syndicate.

Using their retirement savings to pay the stud fee, Jan and Brian are overjoyed when the mare gives birth. They name the foal Dream Alliance and bring him to Philip Hobbs (Nicholas Farrell), a successful trainer who, impressed by the horse’s raw talent and Jan’s fierce optimism, tentatively agrees to take him on. After a rocky start in his first race, Dream finishes fourth — a brilliant result for a beginner. As Dream defies all expectations, he turns a tidy profit for the disbelieving syndicate members. He also becomes Jan’s friend, confidant and refuge from the rigors of her daily life.

When a disastrous accident sidelines the horse, it seems Jan’s cherished dream has come to an abrupt end without reaching the finish line — but the plucky racehorse has other ideas. Based on the incredible true story of the real-life Dream Alliance, Dream Horse is a classic tale of triumph against adversity, as an ordinary woman makes her wildest dream come true.

PG – Mild themes and coarse language

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Patrons will be seated in line with NSW Public Health Order and/or Guidelines in place at the time of the performance occurs.

NSW Health regularly updates areas where there may be concerns regarding potential case transmission of COVID-19.  Prior to attending your performance, we suggest patrons check the latest Case Alert Updates from Health NSW and follow the instructions regarding Close Contacts and requirements for self-isolation and/or COVID testing as stipulated by Health NSW and the current NSW Public Health Orders. Please note that patrons who have visited any identified alert area must NOT attend public performances or gatherings of any type. If you have any questions and would like to discuss this with a member of our team, please contact our Box Office staff on 02 8839 3399 or email BoxOffice_Riverside@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

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