Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The CUP @ Santa Fe Studios

Santa Fe Studios’ Lance Hool will Produce

Santa Fe, NM–May 22, 2008 – Santa Fe Studios CEO, Lance Hool, in conjuction with Silver Lion Films and Myriad Pictures is pleased to announce THE CUP, starring Ray Winstone and Stephen Curry.

At the heart of this true story is Damien Oliver, a young jockey who loses his only brother in a tragic racing accident, hauntingly reflecting of the way their father died 27 years earlier. Teaming with Irish trainer Dermot Weld and after suffering through a series of discouraging defeats Damien triumphs at the Australian Melbourne Cup in one of the most thrilling finales in all of sport.

Ray Winstone, lauded for his outstanding performances in BEOWOLF and THE DEPARTED is cast as Dermot Weld, who is routinely ranked as the world’s finest thoroughbred trainer. Ray, who co-stars in “Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull”, which was shot in New Mexico, is currently the toast of the Cannes film festival where the latest Indiana Jones was premiered. He is represented by David Unger at ICM.

Stephen Curry will play the jockey Damien Oliver. He is one of Australia’s most acclaimed young actors, winning Best Lead Actor at the 2007 Australian Film Awards for television drama as well as Most Outstanding Actor at the 2008 Logie Awards (Australia’s Emmys) for his performance in THE KING. Stephen is repped by Katherine Dodd at Creative Management, Sydney.

THE CUP will be directed by Simon Wincer who wrote the script with Eric O’Keefe. Wincer, who recently directed “Comanche Moon” in New Mexico, is producing. Lance Hool of Santa Fe Studios and Myriad Pictures’ Kirk D’Amico are set to executive produce.

Hool is known for producing such successful features as MAN ON FIRE and CROCODILE DUNDEE Production on THE CUP is set to begin September 2008. The film will be shot on location in Ireland and Melbourne.

THE CUP is being made in association with Village Roadshow Australia and the Film Finance Corporation.

For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Hoffman
Tel: 505-216-0889
Cell: 505-603-8643
Ballantines PR

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