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Phar Lap rewatched – the mystery demise of Australia's finest race horse

7 November 2015 1:46 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Free Willy director Simon Wincer and writer David Williamson produced a captivating if cynical drama that one critic called ‘Rocky with hoofs’

Like so many great Australian traditions, Melbourne Cup week fuses a number of recreations dear to the national psyche – namely sport, gambling and the consumption of prodigious amounts of alcohol. Every year news stories report garbage-splattered carnage involving dolled-up men and women collapsing on each other and racehorse owners and trainers pocketing serious coinage from their four-legged investments.

Punters lap it up while the sport’s naysayers think of the Cup more along the lines of a profound national shame. The very line “a day of profound national shame” is delivered by a racing official in director Simon Wincer’s 1983 drama tracing the career of Australia’s legendary thoroughbred, Phar Lap, a national icon as beloved as jars of Vegemite or Sir Donald Bradman.

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