RUN

An after dark joyride drives a small-town fish worker to risk everything.

Year: 2019

Director: Scott Graham

Producers: Margaret Matheson, Ciara Barry, Rosie Crerar

Executive Producers: Lizzie Francke, Rose Garnett, Robbi Allen, Ross McKenzie

Screenwriter: Scott Graham

Principal Cast: Mark Stanley, Amy Manson, Marli Siu, Anders Hayward, Scott Murray

Screen Scotland Investment: £485,000

Synopsis

An after dark joyride drives a small-town fish worker to risk everything.

Steeped in the mythos of Bruce Springsteen songs about growing up in small towns, racing cars and falling into the trap of replicating your parents' lives, Scott Graham's third feature is a stripped-down character study of a former “boy racer” whose failure to leave the small Scottish fishing port where he’s spent his whole life is brought into sharp relief by his teenage son starting to follow in his footsteps.

For 30-something Finnie (Mark Stanley) the daily grind of working in a fish factory and providing for the family he started while still a teenager has numbed him to the point where he can no longer be emotionally available to his wife and kids. Having taken on too much responsibility too soon, the pain of remembering himself as an arrogant, carefree teen who spent his nights racing cars through the streets is just too great. But with his own car-racing teenage son, Kid (Anders Hayward), recently getting his girlfriend pregnant, he’s got an inescapable reminder of where he thinks his life went wrong.

Unable to articulate his depression to his wife (Amy Manson), he borrows Kid’s car for an after-dark joyride, one that might lead him to a new understanding about himself — or might cost him everything.

A Bard Entertainments production in co-production with barry crerar, the film has been funded by the BFI and Screen Scotland with National Lottery funding and BBC Films. Fabien Westerhoff of Film Constellation is handling worldwide sales.

RUN was selected for the Great 8, a showcase of the best new British films from emerging UK talent, in partnership with BBC Films, British Council, BFI and Film4. Read more about this here. The film will receive its World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2019 – International Narrative Competition.

Actor Mark Stanley looks out of a window in Run