“I just want to say to everyone else to ‘Get stuffed’ if they think women aren’t strong
enough, because we just beat the world.”
Michelle Payne (Teresa Palmer) was always warned she could never be a world class
jockey. She was not tough enough. She was not a man.
But as the youngest daughter of a mad-cap family of jockeys, Michelle fights for every
opportunity to ride hard and race fast. It’s Michelle’s father Paddy (Sam Neil) and her
family who champion her ambition, despite early failures, broken bones, and a tragic
family death on the racecourse.
Maverick Trainer Darren Weir also sees Michelle’s unmistakable talent, intelligence,
true grit and most of all, indomitable spirit; and it’s under his watchful eye that
Michelle gets a shot at the ‘impossible’ – riding Prince of Penzance in the 2015
Like National Velvet, Ride Like a Girl is an uplifting true story of heroic endeavour,
family, friendship, and defiance in the face of all odds.
Teresa Palmer – Michelle Payne
Sam Neill – Paddy Payne
Jacki Weaver – Joan Sadler
Director – Rachel Griffiths
Writers – Andrew Knight & Elise McCredie
Producer – Richard Keddie