The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner – Film by Alan Sillitoe

Saturday 13th July

Tudor Hall, The National Civil War Centre, Appletongate
Free but please book a space from the Palace Theatre Box Office

Directed by Tony Richardson, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner is a 1962 British coming-of-age film. The screenplay adaptation was written by Nottinghamshire great, Alan Sillitoe from his short story of the same name.

Colin Smith is the oldest son of his large, nearly impoverished family, forced into the role of breadwinner after the early death of his father.

Caught by the police after robbing a bakery, Colin is sent to Ruxton Towers borstal, where his athletic ability quickly marks him out as the governor’s golden boy.

But his successful “rehabilitation” looks uncertain as he struggles with the unfair treatment he receives and the expectations of conformity placed upon him.

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