‘Five Stone of Lead’ review

‘Five stone of lead’ is a charming and effortlessly shot documentary by Johnny Maddison that follows a young boy on his journey to become a jockey. The film primarily uses montages as a technique, which starts of showing the boy and the horse separately and then combining them together to portray the relationship between the two. The montage also creates a nostalgic and almost emotional atmosphere for the viewer, especially with it being accompanied with a piece of slow and dramatic music. Later on in the documentary it is revealed that because of the boy’s short height and built, he has to wear five stone of lead with his gear in order to help him stay in the same league. This helps the viewers make sense of the title and his struggle in the sport. Moreover, halfway through the music changes to a more upbeat track and the visual elements become fast paced, to allow the viewers to experience the emotions involved when participating in a race. To conclude, this short documentary allows a valuable insight into the life of a young boy perusing his passion as a jockey, with a strong message running throughout that you can do anything regardless of your height, build, age or gender as long as you are willing to fight for it.

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