Dream Horse to film in Wales


Toni Collette and Damian Lewis are to star in feature Dream Horse that is set to film on location in South Wales.

The movie is based on the true story of Jan Vokes, who rallied her small Welsh village community to help raise a foal into a racing horse that was able to challenge horses put forward by wealthy breeders.

Vokes’ story was originally the subject of a 2015 documentary film. 

Euros Lyn is directing the film that is written by Neil McKay and produced by Raw TV with backing from entities including Film4, Ingenious Media and Ffilm Cymru Wales.

“I grew up in the Welsh valleys where everyone knows this story – it’s a local legend,” said Lyn. “The moment I read Neil’s brilliant script I knew I had to direct this funny and moving film. 

“Casting Toni Collette as Jan Vokes, our extraordinary heroine, and Damian Lewis as Howard Davies, her intriguingly conflicted accomplice, is my own dream come true. They’re the perfect actors to tell this true story of how, against all the odds, an ordinary woman inspires her community to go on the ride of a lifetime and rediscover a sense of hope.”

A high-end TV drama adaptation of His Dark Materials, produced by Bad Wolf of Cardiff, has been one of the largest productions to shoot in Wales over the past year and the second series is due to start filming in June.

Jane Tranter, co-founder of Bad Wolf, recently called on the Welsh government to work with the regional film and TV industry to co-ordinate long-term crew training to help the country sustain its appeal to international producers.  

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