PRE­MIERE Mon­day THE CUP

Geelong Advertiser - TV Guide - - MOVIES -

GEM, 8.30pm, PG ( 2011)

An emo­tional semi- au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal tale about “the race the stops a na­tion” from di­rec­tor Si­mon Win­cer ( Phar Lap). Based on the true events be­hind the 2002 Mel­bourne Cup, when Damien Oliver rode Me­dia Puz­zle to vic­tory, just two weeks af­ter his brother, jockey Ja­son Oliver, was killed while horse rac­ing – the same fate that claimed the life of their fa­ther. Crit­ics pointed to its “soapy” feel and a lack of ten­sion be­tween char­ac­ters. But it still comes out in front as a head- ver­sus- heart drama, with good per­for­mances from lo­cal stars Stephen Curry, Daniel MacPher­son, Bren­dan Glee­son and Jodi Gor­don.

Out in front: Stephen Curry plays jockey Damien Oliver.

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