Avid movie goers will get the opportunity to experience the glitz and glamour of the red carpet in Kilshane House, Tipperary, on Saturday, March 2nd with the Irish film premiére of The Equestrian.
This dark psychological drama stars young British actor Layke Anderson, who plays talented dressage rider Freddie Forester, and James Wilby (Maurice, Gosford Park), who stars as his father. Olympic gold-medallist Carl Hester also makes a cameo appearance.
The Equestrian tells the story of Freddie and his black stallion, Gaius, who look set to take the dressage world by storm. However, when pride and vanity get in the way things take a turn for the worse and what was once a close partnership based on trust looks irreparable. The film follows horse and rider’s emotional journey together as they work hard to get back on track.
The team behind The Equestrian includes twice Oscar-nominated cinematographer Tony Pierce Roberts and twice BAFTA-nominated editor Jon Gregory, as well as dressage composer Tom Hunt, who has worked with top riders such as Michael Eilberg, Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester.
Award-winning director Sybil H. Mair came up with the idea for the film after watching her instructor training for a dressage competition.
Believing that dressage is the ideal sport to portray the intimate relationship between horse and rider she explained: “I was going to adapt a short story about horse racing, but then I noticed something much more interesting and subtle was going on in a horse and rider dressage combination”.
Equine star of the show is Gaius, who is played by Sandro’s Dancer, a stunning 16.2hh Swedish Warmblood. A son of the famous stallion Sandro Hit he has competed and placed in international young horse championships, regional and national championships at advanced medium level since starting his dressage career in 2010.
In addition to the premier there will also be the opportunity for any budding dressage riders out there to experience a Dressage to Music workshop conducted by Joost Peters, composer and musician responsible for creating some of the world’s most prestigious music for dressage freestyles. Spectators will learn how to select the correct musical accompaniment to their horse’s movement to ensure maximum marks in the arena. This is an indoor event so will not be weather dependent.
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