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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Michael Redgrave and Tom Courtenay star in this British classic about class and ambition.

See our screening on Saturday 14 April, which will be preceded by our screen talk - The Stories that Changed British Cinema at 17:40, and will be included in the talk’s ticket price.

Image from The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

UK 1962
Dir Tony Richardson
With Michael Redgrave, Tom Courtenay, Avis Bunnage, Alec McCowen
Certificate 12A

The much-loved Tom Courtenay made his name in this iconic film, the scalding story of teenager Colin Smith, who’s sent to a rural borstal for burglary but marked out by his talent as a cross-country runner. The film still stands as one of the fiercest moments in all British cinema – a dramatic tour de force with a dark message from Alan Sillitoe’s script about Britain and class, with a star-making performance at its heart.

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