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  • Documentary
  • 2015
  • 85 mins

Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance

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Louise Osmond's documentary is the inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who take on the elite 'sport of kings' and breed themselves a racehorse


Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance is an inspirational true story set in the village of Cefn Fforest in one of the poorest mining valleys in Wales. When Jan Vokes, the barmaid at a local working men's club, overhears a regular talking about the time he owned a share of a racehorse, she decides to breed a racehorse of her own and goes into business with the regular and her husband. Together they buy a £300 thoroughbred mare and pair her with an aging stallion, then unite with 23 friends in the village who form a syndicate paying £10 a week to raise the resulting foal. Raised on a slagheap allotment, to the astonishment of the racing elite, Dream Alliance grows up to be an unlikely champion, until one day disaster strikes... The documentary is directed by Louise Osmond (Deep Water), produced by Judith Dawson (Death Of A Schoolfriend) and shot by Benjamin Kracun (Hyena, For Those In Peril).

Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance is produced by World’s End Pictures and Darlow Smithson Productions and co-financed by Film4, the BFI Film Fund and The Film Agency for Wales. Picturehouse Entertainment and 4DVD take UK rights. Anna Higgs and Anna Miralis are Executive Producers from Film4 and Channel 4, and Lizzie Francke is the BFI Film Fund exec on the film.

Cast & Connections

  • Director: Louise Osmond
  • Producer: Judith Dawson
  • Photographer: Benjamin Kracun
  • Composer: Anne Nikitin

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In a Nutshell

Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance received its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. It will be released on DVD on August 10th 2015.

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