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Thursday 25 December 2014

Actor John Hurt narrates story of Irish racing stable

Renowned actor John Hurt has lent his voice to a new documentary tracking the lives of three Irish racehorses.

Director Liz Mermin spent a year filming the horses' interaction with their trainers, jockeys and owners for the project.

British thespian Hurt (70) narrates the documentary which will air on RTE tonight.

Hurt, who recently starred in Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, has set up home in Wicklow.

The programme, which is set in the National Hunt stable in Co Wexford, focuses on a family business which is led by the trainer Paul Nolan.

Writer and director Ms Mermin said that throughout the filming process the individual personalities of the animals were uncovered.

“As I got deeper into the film, I became convinced that this seemingly frivolous project was in fact of the deepest psychological and existential importance,” she said.

“Though it may not change anyone's world, I do hope that Horses will be appreciated as a story of three characters trying to earn their keep in a rather unforgiving world.”

The horses, Ardalan, Cuan na Grai and Joncol, were at various stages in the training process and the documentary crew followed the stable life from their perspective.

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