DARK HORSE (2016) – 4.5 Stars (out of 5)


The lovely and charming art film DARK HORSE, unfolds as an interview documentary. It is also a true story. The film was the winner of the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. To just write that DARK HORSE is a story about a race horse named Dream Alliance, would not do justice to the vision of director Louise Osmond; cinematographer Benjamin Kracun and composer Anne Nikitin. Jan Vokes and Brian Vokes are an absolute treasure to watch as their story unfolds. There are so many eloquent moments to be found in this multi-layered screenplay.

“He doesn’t ask for anything and he’s giving everything. That’s the part that draws you into him.”

Life is hard and challenging — living in the Welsh mining village of Cefn Fforest. And while society judges and separates people by their wealth, i.e., the elite world of British Hose Racing — money cannot buy the alliance and solidarity of friends and community; nor can the absence of material goods diminish the ability to dream. For those of you who love cinema, this art film should not be missed.



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