May 30, 2017

Hobbyhorse fever spreads all over

Over the past 10 years hobbyhorse riding has become a global phenomenon.
Over the past 10 years hobbyhorse riding has become a global phenomenon.
Tuffi Films

Finland’s Hobbyhorse Revolution documentary has gathered plenty of attention, and soon it’ll be available for the curious to see.

Screen Daily reported last week that Swiss First Hand Films has boarded sales for the documentary directed by Selma Vilhunen. The documentary shines a light on hobbyhorsing in Finland and the community of its fans, and its trailer as well as the phenomenon in general has been reported widely abroad, too.

Hobbyhorse Revolution made us smile from the first moment, and we were incredulous about these girls and their toys,” Esther van Messel from First Hand Films told the publication. “As the project grew and the film progressed, we couldn’t stop being impressed by the girls and their achievements. We are very proud to work with this talented filmmaker and her equally wonderful producers. We’re all girls somehow, and we all love empowerment.”

Hobbyhorse Revolution was released by Tuffi Films in Finnish cinemas in March and will be released in Sweden later this year by Folkets Bio. The film was awarded two prizes at Tampere Film Festival in March and also played at HotDocs.

The award-winning director Vilhunen says she wanted to showcase the power of the hobbyhorsing girls in their attempt to claim agency over the sport which “isn’t so different from fantasy football”.

“For the girls in this film, hobbyhorsing is a real way to cope with not only the pressure of growing up but some of the bullying that comes along with it,” she’s quoted saying on Screen Daily.

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