Run

Finnie and Kelly

Short, bleak and tense, Run is writer/director Scott Graham’s third feature, his third to have a single syllable title and the third to be about a person bridling against a life of limited opportunity. His previous two, Shell and Iona, were about semi-attached women, Run is about a very-married man. Finnie (Mark Stanley) is a big, permanently angry husband and father stuck in a crap job in a fish preparation plant in Fraserburgh (Graham’s home town), north west Scotland. Hating his job, he’s also resentful of his son, Kid (Anders Hayward), who’s just walked off the same job, and painfully resistant to the charms of Katie, his doting wife (Amy Manson). Both Katie … Read more

Run

Sarah Paulson and Kiera Allen

  She can’t. Run, that is, one of the little jokes that director/co-writer Aneesh Chaganty has with the audience in this two-hander about a mother, her wheelchair-using daughter and the young woman’s impending flight from the family home to university. Another joke is what a great mother Diane (Sarah Paulson) is. She’s home-schooled her daughter Chloe (Kiera Allen), feeds her with vegetables grown (organically, surely) in their very own garden, the better to ensure that Chloe grows up big and strong. Except that isn’t Chloe’s fate. She’s been born with a range of problems – asthma, diabetes, a blood condition and paralysis from the waist down – but she’s a smart and resourceful … Read more