The highly anticipated film, Ride Like A Girl, featuring the inspirational story of Michelle Payne and her historic Melbourne Cup win, hit cinemas nationally on Thursday 26 September, and has become the highest grossing Australian film of 2019.
The film depicts the moment when Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the ‘race that stops a nation’TM when Prince of Penzance was first to cross the line at odds of 100 to 1.
Filming took place at several racecourses across Victoria including Flemington, The Valley, Caulfield, Werribee, Balnarring and the home of the story, Ballarat.
Racing Victoria (RV) is an official partner of the film, which features world-renowned actress Rachel Griffiths in her directorial debut, as well as acclaimed actress Teresa Palmer in the role of Michelle Payne.
Michelle’s brother Stevie, who strapped Prince of Penzance before the race and led him into the winner’s enclosure afterwards, plays himself in the film.
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Go behind the scenes with some of the stars of Ride Like A Girl.
Get a behind the scenes look with jockey and key crew member Chris Symons to see the role the horses played in the creation of the movie. They were much loved additions on the set of Ride Like A Girl.
Watch legendary Australian actor, Sam Neill getting to know Michelle's father, Paddy Payne, ahead of playing him in Ride Like A Girl.
Stevie Payne plays himself in the film Ride Like A Girl, and says he loved working with the incredible Australian cast, including Rachel Griffiths in her directorial debut, as well as Teresa Palmer and Sam Neill.
Watch as Teresa Palmer, who plays Michelle Payne in Ride Like A Girl, meets Michelle for the first time at her farm in Ballarat before shooting.
An integral cast member in the Ride Like A Girl movie was none other than Stevie Payne, who had the opportunity to play himself in the film and re-enact the historic 2015 Melbourne Cup win of his sister Michelle Payne. A role which Stevie excelled in.