Unusual “Western” for July


Barossa Film Club presents an unusual and thrilling action film for its screening on Friday 15th July. “Hidalgo” is a Western with a difference, about a legendary American rider and his horse, Hidalgo, and tells the story of possibly the greatest test of man and horse ever seen.
Held yearly for centuries, the Ocean of Fire–a 3,000 mile survival race across the Arabian desert–was a challenge restricted to the finest Arabian horses ever bred, the purest and noblest lines, owned by the greatest royal families. In 1890, a wealthy sheik invited an American, Frank T. Hopkins, and his horse to enter the race for the first time. During the course of his career, Hopkins was a cowboy and dispatch rider for the U.S. cavalry–and had once been billed as the greatest rider the West had ever known. The Sheik puts his claim to the test, pitting the American cowboy and his mustang, Hidalgo, against the world’s greatest Arabian horses and Bedouin riders–some of whom are determined to prevent a foreigner from finishing the race. For Frank, the Ocean of Fire becomes not only a matter of pride and honour, but a race for his very survival as he and his horse attempt the impossible.
The film stars Viggo Mortensen and was directed by Joe Johnson in 2004. It will be shown at the Faith College Wine Centre on 15th July, with a short film showing at 7.30, then a break for refreshments before the main screening. A trailer is available on the Barossa Film Club website and enquiries may be directed to President Imelda Carson on 8564 8225.