'Get Stuffed': Why Rachel Griffiths Had To Tell Michelle Payne's Story Of Melbourne Cup Glory
It took just five minutes after Michelle Payne's 2015 Melbourne Cup win for Rachel Griffiths to decide to make a feature film about the historic event.
Speaking to The Project about her new movie, 'Ride Like A Girl', the actor and director said she didn't even realise that female jockeys existed before she saw Payne on the track at the 2015 Cup, riding Prince of Penzance to victory.
"I didn't know girls were jockeys, I didn't know one was riding in the Cup that day until I heard her name around the two or three hundred metre mark," Griffiths explained on Monday.
"So the minute she crossed the finish line I thought, 'Wow, this is amazing! They let girls ride with boys in the most dangerous sport in the world.'"
But Griffiths said it wasn't until Michelle's brother Stevie "ran onto the field and put the sash around Prince" that she realised the potential for movie magic unfolding before her eyes.
"Then she dismounted and they hugged each other and she told the world to 'Get stuffed' and I thought, this has got to be the great Australian sports film I don't think has ever been made. "
Griffiths added that the consensus at the movie's premiere last night was that "Stevie Payne [who plays himself] did steal the film" among a star-studded cast that includes Teresa Palmer as Michelle Payne and Sam Neill as her father, Paddy alongside Magda Szubanski, Mick Molloy and Shane Bourne.
'Ride Like A Girl' hits Australian cinemas on September 26.
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