Gallery: Lean on Pete x PosterSpy

To celebrate the release of Andrew Haigh's Lean on Pete, Curzon Artificial Eye teamed up with PosterSpy to set a challenge to the worlds bounty of designers: to create an alternate poster for Lean on Pete. Here's what happened.

The Official UK Poster (for reference)

Lean on Pete

The Brief

Curzon Artificial Eye were looking for truly alternative artworks that strayed from their own official poster, so needed designers to think outside the box and get creative. A small selection of images was provided, mostly for inspiration, along with the official title treatment, but there was no obligation or expectation for anyone to use them.

Selection of Stills

Title Treatment


Designers were invited to unlock their wistful, contemplative sides, to conjure imagery that reflected the tone and themes of Andrew Haigh's soulful film. Some of them tapped into classic Americana vibes. Some went full-tilt wild on this brief, submitting some trippy, Bojack Horseman visuals. Horses and film go way back to cinema's earliest days, and some artworks references this heritage to tremendous effect. PosterSpy were inundated with submissions, and picking a winner has proved to be a no mean feat. 


The Shortlist

The Winner

The Runner Up

Lean on Pete

Proving himself to be one of the most gifted, insightful and versatile directors working today, Andrew Haigh (45 YearsWeekend) returns with Lean on Pete, a powerfully moving and deeply emotional story about a young boy’s search for belonging on the fringes of contemporary American society.

Fifteen-year-old Charley lives with his alcoholic father (Travis Fimmel) in a run-down house on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. In an effort to help his dad stay afloat, Charley takes a job at a local racetrack where he befriends jaded trainer Del (Steve Buscemi) and burnt-out jockey Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny) while caring for an aging horse named Lean on Pete. But as things break down at home and Del announces Pete will be sold to an uncertain fate, the burden becomes too great for Charley to bear and he heads out into the vast American wilderness with Pete in tow.

Featuring an incredible breakout performance by Charlie Plummer and shot in mesmerising style, Lean on Pete is a poignant, compassionate and heart-rending portrait of love, loss and acceptance that resonates with profound humanity.

Lean on Pete play in cinemas from Friday 4 May

Or watch it at home with Curzon Home Cinema