Brendan Gleeson was drawn to The Cup by the story. “There is something exciting about this true story that doesn’t happen very often. Everyone comes out of it enhanced. There is a lack of cynicism. It is a story that transcends sport.”
Brendan met Dermot Weld in Ireland during the 150th Melbourne Cup celebrations.
“He invited me down to his stables. It was interesting observing him. It was even more interesting to meet his wife Mary and get her take on him,” explains Brendan. “I was able to use this in the film.”
During his time filming in Australia Brendan wasn’t surprised by the professionalism of the film crew. “Australian crews are renowned all over the world for their efficiency. It’s been a good experience and it’s been fun.”