Lean on Pete – A Film by Andrew Haigh adapted from Willy Vlautin’s novel

Following on from my recent post on the subject of Willy Vlautin’s forthcoming book Don’t Skip Out On Me, the film adaption of Willy’s wonderful novel Lean on Pete is set for release in the UK on February 18th, it’s gathered some very good reviews (including this one from the Guardian and this from the Telegraph) – if it’s half as good as the book will be well worth seeking out.

From acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Haigh (Weekend; 45 Years), and based on the beloved novel by Willy Vlautin, comes Lean on Pete—a deeply moving story about love, loneliness, family, and friendship, told through the unique prism of one boy’s connection to a very special racehorse.

Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray (Travis Fimmel), both of them eager for a fresh start after a series of hard knocks. While Ray descends into personal turmoil, Charley finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for an aging Quarter Horse named Lean On Pete. The horse’s gruff owner Del Montgomery (Steve Buscemi) and his seasoned jockey Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny) help Charley fill the void of his father’s absence—until he discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, prompting him to take extreme measures to spare his new friend’s life. Charley and Pete head out into the great unknown, embarking on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a loving aunt Charley hasn’t seen in years. They experience adventure and heartbreak in equal measure, but never lose their irrepressible hope and resiliency as they pursue their dream of finding a place they can call home.

Featuring an incredible breakout turn by Charlie Plummer (The Dinner; King Jack; Ridley Scott’s forthcoming All The Money in the World) and memorable supporting work by indie stalwarts Buscemi, Sevigny and Steve Zahn, Lean on Pete is a compassionate and heartrending look at the desire for love, family, and acceptance that drives all of us

Lean on Pete / Twitter / Willy Vlautin

Beverley – Stone Foundation

Smooth summer soul from the Stone Foundation, lifted from their forthcoming album‘A Life Unlimited’ which is out the 9th of August.

This track was the title music in the award winning film (best film at the Portobello Film Awards & East End Film Festival) written by Cass Pennant & Alexandra Thomas and starring Vicky McClure (This is England) and Laya Lewis (Skins) who feature in the accompanying video which follows a gritty punk romance bringing out the deeper yearning in this bright and solidly engaging track.

19th July- Dartford Festival- Dartford
24th July- Fuji Rock- Tokyo- Japan
18th Sept- The Cluny- Newcastle
17th Oct- The Jazz Cafe- London

Stone Foundation / Facebook / Twitter / Beverley Film

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