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Straight from the horse’s mouth

Director Andrew Haigh, best known for the TV series Looking, tells Attitude about his latest film, his love for Jonathan Groff, and the characters and stories he is drawn to

Anyone who is expecting Andrew Haigh’s new film — about a teenager whose only friend in the world is a fading racehorse — to be some sort of Disney feel-good story is going to be bitterly disappointed.

“People are expecting Black Beauty,” he says. “But it was very important to me that it wasn’t sentimentalised. Lean On Pete [the name of the film and the horse] may stand for a lot of things for young Charley but he is just a horse that cannot understand him. It’s essentially about a kid falling through the cracks and there is no safety net to catch him.”

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