Sunny And The Dark Horse


Sunny And The Dark Horse chronicles the story of an Aboriginal stockman and his family and their growing passion for "picnic racing" on bush tracks in New South Wales.

It was filmed at Collum Collum, an Aboriginal-operated cattle station in north-eastern New South Wales. The film follows the Aboriginal manager of the station, Sunny Bancroft, and his non-Aboriginal wife, Liz, in their search for a winning horse to triumph on the local picnic racing circuit – but things don't always go their way.

The story begins when Sunny buys a horse for his daughter to ride and races it at the Glenreagh Gallop. He then attempts to find a suitable stockhorse on the station to race at the local Baryulgil picnic races. But while training one of these he hears that a friend has a racehorse for sale and buys it to race at Baryulgil. The horse, King, wins at Baryulgil but loses at subsequent race meetings. Sunny determines to find another winner and buys a black horse, naming it Sambo.

With the end of the season, Sunny is persuaded by his family not to buy any more horses, but then he hears that a friend has another racehorse for sale ...



PG - Parental guidance

This is a companion to the documentaries ‘Stockman’s Strategy’ and ‘Collum Calling Canberra’.

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Korff, J 2021, Sunny And The Dark Horse, <>, retrieved 20 July 2024

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