The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Wednesday, February 21st at 7pm!
McCartney: Eyes of the Storm Film Series *FINALE*

Adapted from Alan Sillitoe’s 1959 short story of the same name, the 1962 British coming-of-age film The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner details the story of a rebellious young man sent to a youth detention center for robbing a bakery. The young man, Colin, quickly gains attention from the Governor of the institution due to his remarkable efforts as a long-distance runner. Realizing the transparent difference in treatment between himself and the other inmates, Colin begins to rebel against the Governor’s affections in an effort to reveal hidden injustices within the detention center. This film divulges the dynamics between Britain’s elitist upper-class society and the working class, offering a story that resonates with youth rebellion. (1962, 1h 43m)