'Just want to say to everyone else you can get stuffed, because they think women aren't strong enough and we just beat the world'
Michelle Payne won the 2015 Melbourne Cup riding Prince of Penzance. The horse had some form as a group one racer but was given the odds of 100 to 1. 4 women before her had tried to win the toughest 2 mile race in the world without success, making Michelle the first to achieve this magic goal.
'Go away bush girl'
'Girls don't ride in the Melbourne Cup'
Michelle suffered numerable falls during her apprenticeship. Breaking bones is not unusual in the equine sports arena. Not even cracking her skull, lying in a coma for days –having to learn body coordination didn't dampen her dream. Slowly, slowly she recovered to continue again. No easy rise to fame. She never, never gave up. She is Miss Cool, a superior horsewomen and a lover of fine though breed horses. Passionate ambition drives her every effort. A role model for ambitious women in every walk of life.
'It's not all about speed, be patient and look for the gap'. She followed Paddy's advice.
Paddy Payne is a gentleman who is sustained by his Roman Catholic faith which helps him endure hardship and joy. Sam Neil portrays the essence of the Irish father.
Teresa Palmer plays Michelle with enough sympathy to bring tears to the eyes of all in the cinema.
This is Rachel Griffiths, who has many successful starring roles as an actor to her name, debut as a film director. Together with writers Andrew Knight and Elise Mc Credie, Griffiths incorporates the values of equality, hard won by a talented woman. She explores respect for people with disabilities.