Everyone loves an underdog story. Mostly Americans, but a British story will do. The winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at this year’s Sundance film festival, Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance is a quaint documentary about the horse Dream Alliance, bought and raised to be a racehorse by British commoners with no experience and little money compared to the elites and most posh in the sport. The thoroughbred won the Welsh National in 2009 but failed to finish the Grand National in 2010, providing the drama for how its owners fought to keep the horse alive.
On this side of the pond, that underdog horse was California Chrome, coming from another humble background but found itself the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness before losing the Belmont Stakes. And now I’m going to stop pretending I know anything about horse racing.
Dark Horse got picked up for American distribution at the Berlin Film Festival and will be released later this year with an unconfirmed date, while people in Ireland and the U.K. can see it April 17. Watch the trailer below: