Ride Like a Girl

Ride Like a Girl is a 2019 Australian biographical sports drama film directed by Rachel Griffiths[1] and starring Teresa Palmer and Sam Neill. It is based on the true story of Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup in 2015.[2][3][4]

Ride Like a Girl
Theatrical film poster
Directed byRachel Griffiths
Produced byRichard Keddie
Rachel Griffiths
Susie Montague-Delaney
Written byAndrew Knight
Elise McCredie
StarringTeresa Palmer
Sam Neill
Music byDavid Hirschfelder
CinematographyMartin McGrath
Edited byJill Bilcock
Maria Papoutsis
Distributed byScreen Australia
Transmission Films
Release date
18 September 2019
Running time
98 minutes


Michelle Payne is the youngest of ten children of racehorse trainer Paddy Payne. Almost all of Paddy's children grow up to become jockeys and this is the story of the youngest daughter. Payne became the first woman to ride the winner of The Melbourne Cup in 2015.

Payne won The Melbourne Cup on 3 November 2015, riding Prince of Penzance, a six-year-old gelding with which she had a long-term association.[5][6]



The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics and audiences, earning a 65% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes[7] and a 7.8 / 10 rating on IMDb.


Award Category Subject Result Ref
AACTA Awards
Best Film Richard Keddie Nominated [8]
Rachel Griffiths Nominated
Susie Montague Nominated
Best Actress Teresa Palmer Nominated
Best Original Music Score David Hirschfelder Nominated


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