Once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, Brady is warned that his competition days are over after a tragic riding accident. Back home, he finds himself wondering what he has to live for when he can no longer do what gives him a sense of purpose: to ride and compete. In an attempt to regain control of his fate, Brady tries to redefine his idea of what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.
Back home on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, he struggles with the physical and emotional complications of the accident. He is comforted by his inimitable little sister Lilly, who has Aspergers Syndrome, yet tensions between Brady and his gambling father, Wayne, is reaching a breaking point when Wayne resorts to selling Brady’s favourite horse, to keep their trailer home.
The Rider premiered in the Directors' Fortnight section at the Cannes Film Festival where it won the Art Cinema Award, and at Sundance Film Festival 2018. It was written, produced and directed by Chloé Zhao and stars a real-life Lakota Sioux Bronc rider Brady Jandreau and his actual sister Lilly Jandreau and father Tim Jandreau playing versions of themselves.
The Birds’ Eye View’s 4 film/5-city Reclaim The Frame film influencer project is a mission to bring ever-greater audiences to films by women to build a more balanced film future. Our collaboration continues with the gorgeous American drama The Rider by Chloe Zhao followed by a discussion with Wendy Ide film critic from The Observer, American actor Gale Harold (Queer As Folk USA, Desperate Housewives, Deadwood), hosted by Mia Bays, the Oscar-winning producer and director of Birds’ Eye View.
Reclaim The Frame events feature guest speakers connected to the various themes of the film to open up a conversation with the audience, hosted by Mia Bays and Jo Duncombe from Birds’ Eye View. There will then be a craft workshop connected to some of the themes in the film afterwards, for everyone to mingle and enjoy.
Running Time: 1hr 45mins
BBFC Advice: 15
Director(s): Chloé Zhao
Country of Origin: USA
Year of release: 2017