Cornerstone Films Off to the Races With Worldwide Sales on Euros Lyn’s Dream Horse


London, October 31, 2019 — Cornerstone Films has closed worldwide sales, including a multi-territory deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA), for BAFTA award-winning director Euros Lyn’s Dream Horse. The film stars Toni Collette and Damian Lewis together with Owen Teale, Joanna Page, Karl Johnson, with Nicholas  Farrell and Siân Phillips. It is is currently in post production in Wales. Cornerstone Films has also closed deals with  Welt Kino (Germany), Impuls (Switzerland), Hakuhodo DY music & pictures Inc. (Japan) and Terry Steiner (Airlines). As previously announced, Bleecker Street and Topic Studios have jointly acquired the U.S. rights and Warner Bros is  distributing in the UK. The SPWA deal includes rest of world, excluding Canada, Italy and France.

Jan Vokes, a cleaner and bartender, recruits her initially reluctant husband Brian and local accountant Howard Davies to help her bring together a syndicate of local people to breed a foal – which they name Dream Alliance. On the racetrack, he proves himself to be more than a match for the multi-million pound racehorses he comes up against – a true working-class champion, taking on the establishment at their own game. But much more than this, Dream begins to alter the lives of everyone in the syndicate, not least Jan’s. He is everything to her: friend, confidant and an escape from a life of always putting other people’s needs first.

Dream Horse is a classic story of triumph against adversity, and a tale of how a woman strives to make her dream a reality in a place where hope is thin on the ground. The true story behind the film was previously told in the documentary Dark Horse, produced by Judith Dawson and directed by Louise Osmond, also backed by Film4 and Ffilm Cymru. It won the World Cinema Audience Award at
Sundance before being released by Picturehouse in the UK and Sony Pictures Classics in the U.S.

The RAW production was written by BAFTA award-winning writer Neil McKay and developed with Film4. It is produced by Katherine Butler and Tracy O’Riordan. Executive producers are Piers Vellacott and Joely Fether for RAW, Daniel Battsek and Ollie Madden for Film4, Peter Touche and Stephen Dailey for Ingenious Media, and Pauline Burt for Ffilm Cymru Wales.Film4, Ingenious Media, Ffilm Cymru Wales provided funding for the film, which is also supported by the Welsh Government. They are joined by Warner Bros UK, which will release the film in the UK. Cornerstone Films handled
international sales, and is selling Canada, Italy and France.

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Anna Bohlin/ Cornerstone Films
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Founded in 2015 by Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder, Cornerstone Films is a London/LA based production, sales and financing company with a focus on feature films of enduring quality and distinctive story-telling. Working closely with our German partners, X-Filme and Beta Cinema, the Cornerstone team is passionately committed to  curating a diverse range of films that reflect the world around us, ranging from authored, intimate film-making, to commercial wide release films. We immerse ourselves in every stage of a film’s journey collaborating closely with
our partners from inception through to exploitation.

Cornerstone’s current slate includes: Euros Lyn’s Dream Horse starring Toni Collette and Damian Lewis; Phyllida Lloyd’s Herself; Shirley written by Sarah Gubbins directed by Josephine Decker starring Golden Globe winner Elizabeth Moss and Golden Globe nominee Michael Stuhlbarg; Bart Freundlich’s remake of Susanne Bier’s After the Wedding starring Academy Award Winner Julianne Moore and Golden Globe Winner, Michelle Williams, BAFTA Nominee; Gurinder Chadha’s Blinded by the Light featuring music from Bruce Springsteen; Sophie Hyde’s Animals,
starring Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat; Mirrah Foulkes’ feature film directorial debut, Judy and Punch starring Mia Wasikowska and Damon Herriman; Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut The Boy who Harnessed the Wind; Gregor Jordan’s Dirt Music starring Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominee Kelly Macdonald, Garrett Hedlund and David Wenham; Two-time Academy Award-nominee Dan Krauss’s The Kill Team starring Golden Globe winner Alexander Skarsgard and Nat Wolff; and Academy Award Winner Christoph Waltz’s directorial debut Georgetown starring Christoph Waltz, Academy Award Winner, Vanessa Redgrave, and Academy Award
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Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions can be found on the World Wide Web at

RAW is an independent TV & Film production company based in London. Established by Dimitri Doganis in 2001, it is now part of the All3Media group. It has enjoyed a string of successful series and one-offs in the U.K. and U.S., originally in unscripted documentary and reality genres. RAW moved into drama in 2014 following the appointment of Katherine Butler to head the Scripted Film and Television Department. RAW’s first narrative feature film, BIFA winner American Animals, directed by Bart Layton, premiered at Sundance in 2018 alongside Tim Wardle’s BAFTA nominated documentary feature Three Identical Strangers, winner of the Festival’s Special Jury Award. Scripted credits also include the award-winning feature documentary The Imposter, the critically acclaimed Cyberbully (C4) in the U.K., and the highly successful mini-series Harley and the Davidsons (Discovery) in the U.S. RAW currently has three films scheduled for production this year and nine more in funded development, including the narrative adaptation of Three Identical Strangers, Bart Layton’s next film Ravens and BAFTA winner Michael Pearce’s second film Invasion. RAW also produces Discovery’s most successful long-running TV series Gold Rush, now in it’s tenth season, and Locked Up Abroad now in its twelfth season (National Geographic Channel). For CNN, RAW has produced The Kennedys and the current series The Bush Years, as well as the recent Presidents at War for History Channel. Recent U.K. TV credits include the award-winning Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me, Drowning in Plastic and Nadiya on Anxiety (BBC)

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Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in UK and international filmmaking, both new and established.Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, Academy Award®-winners such as Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite, Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Asif Kapadia’s box office record breaking documentary Amy, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire and Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady, in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not a Witch, Chris Morris’s Four Lions, Shane Meadows’ This is England, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin and Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years.Film4’s recent releases include Chris Morris’s The Day Shall Come, Asif Kapadia’s Diego Maradona, Tom Harper’s Wild Rose, Stephen Merchant’s Fighting With My Family, Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience and Steve McQueen’s Widows.

Forthcoming releases include Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield, Michael Winterbottom’s Greed, Sarah Gavron’s Rocks, Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang, Rose Glass’s Saint Maud, Nick Rowland’s Calm With Horses, Gregor Jordan’s Dirt Music and Coky Giedroyc’s adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s How To Build a Girl. Films in production include Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho, Euros Lyn’s Dream Horse, Florian Zeller’s The Father, Jonathan Butterell’s Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Prano Bailey-Bond’s Censor, Ben Sharrock’s Limbo, Cathy Brady’s Wildfire and Chasing Chaplin from Peter Middleton and James

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For 21 years, Ingenious Media has been at the forefront of investing in the global creative economy and in that time has raised and deployed over $10 billion. Ingenious Media has been involved in the production of a diverse slate of films, including the award-winning Life of Pi, Avatar, Oscar-nominated Carol, Brooklyn and Selma, five films in the successful X-Men franchise, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, breakout British hits Suffragette and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, as well as acclaimed television programmes such as The Fall, Dr. Foster and The Honourable Woman. Titles currently on release or coming soon include Judy starring Renée Zellweger, Peter Cattaneo’s Military Wives starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Benedict Andrews’s Seberg starring Kristen Stewart and Jack O’Connell.

Ffilm Cymru Wales supports bold and original filmmaking from talent, crews and companies that reflect a diverse and creative Wales. Previous credits include Rungano Nyoni’s award-winning I Am Not A Witch; Submarine starring Craig Roberts in his feature debut, followed by his debut and second features as writer-director Just Jim and the upcoming Eternal Beauty, starring Sally Hawkins; animated feature Ethel & Ernest; Sundance award-winning documentary, Dark Horse; Welsh-language features Patagonia from Marc Evans, Gruff Rhys’ American Interior and
Gideon Koppel’s Sleep Furiously, and Catherine Linstrum’s directing debut, Nuclear. In addition to supporting filmmaking talent with training, company support and investment into film development and production, Ffilm Cymru supports inclusive and innovative practice in film exhibition and film education. For more information please see