Dark Horse

AUDIENCE AWARD: World Cinema Documentary


YEAR 2014

SECTION World Cinema Documentary Competition

COUNTRY United Kingdom

RUN TIME 86 min

In early 2000, in a tiny village in one of the poorest mining valleys in Wales, Jan Vokes, the barmaid at the local men’s club, hatches a crazy plan to take on the “sport of kings” and breed a racehorse. She gathers together a group of locals who each agree to pitch in 10 pounds a week. They raise their foal on a hillside made of slag from the coal mine and nurture it to maturity. Reflecting their pride and flights of fancy, they name their horse Dream Alliance.

To the astonishment of the racing elite, Dream becomes an unlikely champion, beating the finest thoroughbreds in the land. Then, in one fateful race, the horse—which embodies the plucky band of misfits’ hopes and dreams—has a near-fatal accident. Nursed back to health through the love of his owners, Dream makes a remarkable recovery, returning to the track for a heart-pounding comeback.

Buoyantly crafted by filmmaker Louise Osmond, Dark Horse is a life-affirming underdog story that will touch the hearts of anyone who has dared to dream. —D.C.

EMAIL david@protagonistpictures.com

COMPANY Protagonist Pictures


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Artist Bio

Louise Osmond started her career at ITN as a news journalism graduate trainee, covering stories in Europe and Africa before moving into documentaries. Her most recent feature-length documentary was the BAFTA-nominated, Royal Television Society Award-winning Richard III: The King in the Car Park. Other work includes award-winning theatrical documentaries Deep Water and The Beckoning Silence, and feature-length documentaries Killer in a Small Townand McQueen & I.