October 11, 2011

Melbourne Cup Movie Sydney Premiere, by Eva Rinaldi - 11th October 2011

The film is based on jockey Damien Oliver winning the Melbourne Cup in 2002.  It was the ride that made him (and the horse of the day) Media Puzzle, famous around the globe. All of this and more happened just one week after the passing away of his brother Jason.

Curry plays Oliver in what what the most chaotic, yet also exciting, part of the jockey's life.

The Cup follows Oliver's decision to ride in the 2002 Melbourne Cup. It was just days after his brother Jason died in a track fall. Oliver knew he was making history at the time, but was unaware it was up there with 'Phar Lap' lore.

Daniel Macpherson

Oliver said it was a bizarre experience to watch a traumatic piece of his life unfold in film.

"It's kind of weird ... it couldn't be any more emotional than actually living through it, but every time I do see vision of it, it really brings it back home to me," he said.

The two-time Melbourne Cup champ said he and Curry developed a friendship as the result of the movie.

"He came around to our home to visit us, he came to the races with us, we took him to the barrier trials and we became good friends," Oliver said.

Something tells us that we will get to hear a lot more about the flick from Sydney based media identity (and fresh actor) Daniel MacPherson, in the coming weeks.

The Cup is of course for horse racing fans, but also those who enjoy a good Aussie yarn will also get a kick (hopefully not down there) from it. Back yourself a winner and see this film. 3.5 stars out of 5.

Director: Simon Wincer
Writers: Simon Wincer (screenplay), Eric O'Keefe (screenplay)
Staring: Brendan Gleeson, Alice Parkinson and Daniel MacPherson


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