Rachel Griffiths’ directorial debut Ride Like a Girl has topped the Box Office on its opening weekend in Australian cinemas.
Starring Teresa Palmer, the film tells the incredible true story of Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup in 2015, at odds of 100-1. At the time, she was the only female in the race and just the fourth woman to ever ride in the Melbourne Cup.
Opening at number 1 on Thursday, the film is continuing its race towards towards the record books, currently on track to become the highest grossing Australian film of 2019.
The weekend takings were $1,684,858 with a cumulative total of $2,377,731.
The film follows Payne from her childhood as the youngest of 10 children (eight of them are jockeys) with a single dad (Sam Neil), through to her attempts to gain a foothold as a jockey in a male-dominated sport.
It’s a fascinating rite-of-passage story for a brave and determined heroine, who has dealt with naysayers all her life.
Richard Payton and Andrew Mackie from Transmissions Films, a Sydney based film distribution and production company, believe the weekend results put Ride Like a Girl in a class with many of the biggest and most loved Australian films.
And we’re off and racing!
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— Transmission Films (@transmission) September 25, 2019
“That audiences have embraced Ride Like a Girl during a competitive school holiday period, against major studio releases, is a testament to Michelle Payne’s inspiring story and the wonderful storytelling by the makers of this crowd-pleasing hit.”
“We’re hearing feedback from cinemas of standing ovations and grown men crying.”