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4 Jul 2010


4 Jul 2010
After seven years of work by iconic Australian director Simon Wincer and author Eric O'Keefe, the new Australian movie "The Cup" has finally begun filming.

The story is based on Damian Olivers' 2002 Melbourne Cup win on Media Puzzle after the dramatic death of his brother only one week before the big race.

The 17.5 million dollars finance needed to make the film was approved in 2008 with the film's release to be just before this year's 150th anniversary Melbourne Cup running, however the global financial crisis meant that a lot of the investors had to be replaced.

With a reduced budget of 15 million dollars, filming is now underway with an all-star cast together with 55 purpose-trained thoroughbreds.

To the best of my knowledge the cast is as follows;

Brendan Gleeson ... Dermot Weld
Alice Parkinson ... Jenny Freedman
Tom Burlinson ... Dave Phillips
Bill Hunter ... Bart Cummings
Jodi Gordon ... Trish Oliver
Rodger Corser
Stephen Curry ... Damien Oliver
Daniel MacPherson ... Jason Oliver
Lewis Fitz-Gerald
Martin Sacks
Shaun Micallef ... Lee Freedman
Jared Daperis
Andrew Curry
Colleen Hewett
Harli Ames ... Saeed Bin Suroor

The film is now set for release in Easter 2011.

PS I love the poster! It's an absolute beauty isn't it!


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