Often overlooked, but at as high a rate as anything else Netflix has to offer. The stunning short documentaries have been sneaking onto the platform for years. From award-winning titles like The Merchant, Period: End of Sentence, and Extremism to evocative meditations on life and death like Ram Das: Going Home and Final Game.
There are dozens of short documentaries that might appeal to everyone. My Heroes Were Cowboys, now streaming on the Netflix, is really a worthy addition to the band. Audience type.
Robin Wiltshire fells in love with the horses and the Wild West around the age of 10.
Until then, she struggled to find a place to believe she belonged because she couldn’t read or speak well. She is sent to live with her grandparents, who are also unsure of what to do with her.
One fateful day he saw a westerner on the big screen, and that was it; he was obsessed with horses, cowboys, boots, hats, their manners. He decided he would learn to train these animals, and he learned by performing unusual stunts to see if he could do better. After returning back to the United States from the Australia, he discovers that his dream may not be as really simple as he hopes.
He does finally gets his big break with the Marlboro commercial, and soon other work followed. His most famous work is the Budweiser Clydesdales, which has become an American icon. Robin found a home in Wyoming despite his hard work. Where he now lives with his wife, son, and many horses. He creates a connection with these animals, even if they come from difficult situations. And in the meantime teaches them a trick or two. The road to his dream isn’t always easy, but Robin’s love for horses is worth changing.
Robin Wiltshire’s horses steal the show here. Whether they soar to the horizon, balancing doubts, doing laps or “smiling” at Wiltshire’s behest. The film really does a spectacular job of showing just how beautiful these animals are. And with the beautiful Wyoming desert as a backdrop, it’s impossible to take your eyes off them.
Filled with rich images of the beautiful Wyoming sky and the beautiful animals that live beneath it.
It is a quirky short film, part bio, part visual diary. Robin Wiltshire is a great subject, his whole face smiling. Whenever he talks about his passion for horses, westerns, or creating the old Wild West.
If it’s just a few minutes, his wife and son will help paint this beautiful, colourful picture of the sky and the cowboy hat. While the documentary looks like it’s only scratching the surface of this man’s magical life. We have an idea of his roots and a small part of his journey and understanding what his life is like now feels like a gift too.
My Heroes Were Cowboys has less to do with the technical feats of training these horses for Budweiser and great films like Django Unchained. It has more to do with Wiltshire’s emotional connection to these animals the world they live in, making for a more emotional film.
When he talks about losing one of his first horses, his sadness lingers; You trust him when you call them your other children. This passionate and sensitive way of filming combined with the perfect setting – I’ll be dreaming of this Wyoming landscape for a while – makes for an excellent short film.
My Heroes Were Cowboys is an engaging and heartfelt meditation on a man’s dreams and the extraordinary life he has created for himself and his horse.