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Ride Like a Girl premiere stormed by protesters

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Animal rights activists have caused a stir at the premiere of Ride Like a Girl yesterday.

The movie about local jockey Michelle Payne had its first screening in Melbourne yesterday, but protesters stormed the theatre at the Jam Factory in South Yarra three times during the showing, saying it glorifies a cruel sport.

The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses had organised the protest well in advance of the event, and were armed with signs saying "horse racing kills" and "jockeys choose, horses don't".

In a statement, the group claims the film glorifies a woman excelling in a male dominated animal abuse industry, and that there is "nothing to be proud of when women achieve accolades in roles of being cruel and heartless that have historically been reserved for men".

The group have also hit out at the use of gender inequality and disability in the film to promote an industry of animal cruelty and exploitation.

The film is the directorial debut of Rachel Griffiths, and tells the story of Michelle Payne's trials and tribulations before becoming the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup in 2015.

Victoria Police have confirmed no one was arrested over the protest.

See the footage below of the group storming the theatre before the movie was shown yesterday:

Image provided.