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The Cup is an absolute triumph, breathing fire into Australian cinemas by evoking a powerful sense of the internal layers that ultimately drive us all.
Although it is a story primarily about the human spirit, The Cup also conveys the unique uniting of a nation the Melbourne Cup creates. This film is a 'must see' for every Australian.
Image courtesy of Village Roadshow
The Cup is based on the true story of champion Australian jockey Damien Oliver triumphing over adversity to win the 2002 Melbourne Cup on Media Puzzle. Damien Oliver lost his only brother in a tragic racing accident one week before the Melbourne Cup.
It is an inspirational story which will undoubtedly rekindle the dreams of many people who thought they couldn't or shouldn't.
Stephen Curry, who lost a substantial amount of weight to play the lead role of Oliver is subtle and understated, making him all the more realistic and believable. Irish actor Brendan Gleeson plays the part of Irish Trainer Dermot Weld convincingly, conveying a wise, softly spoken, driven, but likeable trainer.
When the opportunity to attend an advance screening of The Cup presented itself, I knew that it was a film I had to see. It didn't disappoint. Australian Director Simon Wincer has succeeded in creating an uplifting film that will appeal to a wide audience.
Wincer is a veteran of horse films having directed the film 'Pharlap' among others. He also executive produced 'The Man from Snowy River'.
Wincer directed, produced and co-wrote The Cup with American journalist Eric O'Keefe. Interestingly, Wincer has triumphed through his own difficulties in bringing this film to life.
The Cup is an Australian film that Australians can be proud of.
It officially opens in cinemas around the country on October 13th 2011
I saw the trailer for this movie when I went to see another recently. It looked quite remarkable in its attempt to capture the emotion of one of the most tragic, and in turn inspiring moments in not only horse racing history, but in Australian history. I loved this review and completely agree with it. I can not wait to go and see what looks like an amazing portrayal of a truly remarkable set of events.