Making its UK Premiere on World Cancer Day RUNNING NAKED is a wonderful new British feature from Emmy winning director Victor Buhler (Rikers High, The Negotiators), that’s guaranteed to make you laugh and cry
A story with cancer at its heart – yet so very much more, the film stars Matthew McNulty (The Terror, Misfits) and Andrew Gower (The Village, Being Human, Carnival Row) as two friends who bond during their teenage cancer treatment and become lifelong buddies…but must face a challenge that leads to a life-changing adventure.
Filmed on location in Stoke on Trent, Manchester and Wolverhampton, Running Naked had its World Premiere at the Beijing Film Festival, to a rapturous response, and is now set for its UK premiere on 4th February 2021, with its digital release on 8th February 2021 courtesy of Now Films with a portion of all profits donated to Teenage Cancer Trust and Weston Park Hospital.
When Ben (Gower) and Mark (McNulty) meet in hospital while undergoing leukaemia treatment, they become inseparable. Their wild boyish pranks on the ward may drive the doctors to distraction but it helps take their minds off their precarious state of health.
Skip forward 20 years and their lives have taken different directions…Mark has forged a successful career as a doctor, while Ben is in a dead-end job with debilitating obsessive tendencies. But they have always maintained their friendship and never fail to meet for their regular catch ups. When Mark receives some shocking news, he’s forced to re-evaluate his life and the two men embark on an adventure. As their exploits grow more dramatic, a secret Mark has been hiding comes to light and forces Ben to question everything he knows.
Written by Victor Buhler, Jennifer Knowles and Michael Knowles, the story is a heartfelt and moving tale that draws on Jennifer Knowles’ personal experience as a cancer survivor, that balances humour, emotion and drama in equal measure.
In a world where cancer affects so many lives Running Naked brings a positive and hopeful message to everyone and anyone whose life has been touched by the disease.
Notes: On 4th February 2021 Running Naked will hold its UK premiere, this will be an online at ourscreen’s Virtual Cinema and we hope the planned UK Premiere screening at the Film Theatre, Stoke on Trent, goes ahead subject to Covid restrictions. Should this not be possible we plan to run live screenings once circumstances allow. A portion of all profits raised will be donated to the Charities involved which are Teenage Cancer Trust and Weston Park Hospital.
“Every day, seven young people aged 13-24 hear the words “you have cancer”. Cancer can throw young people’s lives into chaos, leaving them feeling isolated, scared and out of control. And it can have a lasting impact on their future, even for those who recover. Running Naked touches on the very heart of a cancer diagnosis at a time in a young person’s life where they are finding out who they are and where they are going in their world.
This film lets the resilience, adversity, strength and indeed humour shine from the main characters and that sticking together has never been more important in getting young people through cancer” – Teenage Cancer Trust
Angel Shepherd-Bascom who was diagnosed with cancer aged 22, and was invited to a pre-screening said:
“Running Naked isn’t a film about cancer, it’s about friendship. A friendship that is formed through unfortunate circumstances but is never defined by the illness. The movie reflects a side you don’t see, all the humour, being a big kid with your best friend and random spontaneous days. It’s a refreshing change from the usual “doom and gloom” narrative attached to cancer. It reminds us how unique our friendships are and why some friendships are so close to our hearts.”
Released on digital Monday 8th February
Virtual Cinema Premiere tickets and info: https://www.ourscreen.com/screenings/running-naked