The Cup (2011 film)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The Cup
The Cup FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical film poster
Directed by Simon Wincer
Produced by Jan Bladier
Lance Hool
David Lee
Simon Wincer
Screenplay by Eric O'Keefe
Simon Wincer
Based on 2002 Melbourne Cup
Starring Brendan Gleeson
Stephen Curry
Daniel MacPherson
Jodi Gordon
Martin Sacks
Shaun Micallef
Bill Hunter
Colleen Hewett
Tom Burlinson
Music by Bruce Rowland
Cinematography David Burr
Release date
  • 2011 (2011)
Country Australia
Language English

The Cup is a 2011 Australian biographical film about the 2002 Melbourne Cup race and is directed by Simon Wincer.[1] It is about Damien Oliver's victory in the 2002 Melbourne Cup.[2] This was Bill Hunter's final film before his death.



The Cup received mixed to negative reviews, currently holding a Rotten Tomatoes approval rating of 26%.

Joe Leydon of Variety gave a positive review, saying "Although it canters down a well-trod path toward a predictable finish line, The Cup sustains interest through the smooth efficiency of its storytelling and the engaging performances of its lead players." Sandra Hall of the Sydney Morning Herald called it "a shamelessly old-fashioned picture but if you like horses and fancy cantering off into the land of wish-fulfilment for a couple of hours, why not?"

Luke Buckmaster of gave a negative review, saying "Director Simon Wincer was not the right person to avoid certain temptations, like dunking the audience's noggins into a honey pot of clichés." Mike McGranaghan of Aisle Seat thought the film was a "pleasant-enough viewing experience. At the same time, I was never as riveted as I have been by other, similarly-themed films. It makes you feel good without ever truly stirring the soul."

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 65. ISBN 978-1908215017. 
  2. ^ "The Cup". Retrieved 8 August 2012. 

External links[edit]