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Hollywood stars shine as a community comes together


Hollywood stars Damian Lewis and Toni Collette came to the big screen in Stroud to star in the incredible story of how a horse that was born on an allotment, bought for £300 and went on to win £138,000 in prize money.

Dream Horse was screened as part of the Stroud Film Festival at the Salvation Army Hall in Acre Street.

The film was chosen by regulars at the Chapel Street café, an initiative begun by the Stroud Town Council Community Development Officers, but now independently held by volunteer locals each week, who gather for refreshments, craft activities like origami, and sharing ideas.

The screening was a fitting choice for the historic Acre Street location, which was once home to many horse stables in Stroud’s past. Attendees enjoyed subsidised entry and welcomed members of the wider Stroud community into the space. The equipment was provided by the Film Festival, which was very well received.

“It was such an uplifting film about regular people coming together. I loved seeing that spirit in our own community,” said one regular at the Chapel Street Community Café.

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