Rachel Griffiths is starting to crack the whip on Ride Like A Girl, her film about jockey Michelle Payne’s historic Melbourne Cup win last year. The actress turned director will be filming during the cup carnival next month ahead of the main shoot next year.
“We’re banking some footage this racing season,” Griffiths says. “We’re waiting on Andrew Knight (The Water Diviner, Hacksaw Ridge) to deliver our first draft with Elise McCredie (Nowhere Boys, Strange Fits of Passion).
“They’re writing it together so it’s a beautiful balance. Andrew has got such love and understanding of that country Australian, old-fashioned voice and he writes about men so tenderly. And Elise is really getting the feisty female.” Griffiths, soon to be seen in Mel Gibson’s war drama Hacksaw Ridge, says she will cast the movie once the script is delivered. “I think you get the best cast when you’ve got the best script,” she says. “People are certainly aware of the story and know that the script will be landing.”
“It’s a great story,” she says. “It’s very aspirational. It’s going to be very positive. Positive for girls, positive for people who love sport. I want to make the great Australian sports movie.” Griffiths who is known for her roles in US dramas Six Feet Under and Brothers & Sisters said there was something special about the drama and atmosphere of the races.
“It’s a tough life, I love the Downtown Abbey about it, I love the upstairs downstairs, from your strappers to your owners,” she said. “I know somebody that put $100 on Michelle in the Cup and just quietly left this party with a smile on his face.
“I love the country comes to the city story about these races too.
Griffiths said the racing carnival was an exciting time and she was looking forward to being involved.