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Tuesday, 26 March 2013
London Screening #3: Run
Olivia Colman plays Carol in Acme Films' new drama, Run
of London screenings have so far caused collective intakes of breath and laughs
aplenty, but this Monday’s Roundhouse audience were the quietest yet - utterly
captivated by Acme Films’ new drama for Channel 4, Run. Set in south London, Run
first follows Carol (played by Olivia Colman), a mother to two troublesome
teenage boys. A random act of violence sets a chain of events in motion which
underpins the whole series in a domino movement of cause and effect. This is a
drama about the people you pass in the street, you recognise from the world
around you, and how we’re all connected. Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan, one of Run’s two writers, explained that it
offers ‘a glimpse into four of the different worlds that make up London’.
and his writing partner, Marlon Smith, met at sixth form college in south
London where they also befriended Jonathan Pearson, director of episodes 3 and
4. Having been making short films for a number of years, they’d originally set
out to make Run as an internet drama,
and approached Jaimie D’Cruz, owner of Acme Films, with the idea. That was five
years ago. ‘What took so long?’ asked our chair for the evening, Neil Midgley. D’Cruz
told the audience he put the project on hold and told the two writers to take
their time. Not content with this, they went off and made their own pilot. Channel
4 read the script and it evolved from there into the bigger project that it is
today. D’Cruz admitted that Channel 4 took a big risk, by investing in unknown
writers, but he described the script as so exceptional it wasn’t surprising
that the channel wanted to turn it into a primetime drama. Colman agreed about
the script adding, ‘Women don’t write well for women at the moment. And a lot
of people still don’t think it’s appealing to have a female lead’. So it was
refreshing for her to play the part of Carol, written by two young men.
For the team
behind Run, many of whom have been
Marlon Smith and Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan
friends for years, there was a visible sense of pride in their achievement.
They were ‘over the moon’ to finally see their project on screen. A member of
the audience asked how they kept their motivation going for five years, and
they admitted it was hard with times when they nearly gave up. But, as
Fajemisin-Duncan explained, they had something to say and that became easier as
people start believing in them.
concludes our London screenings series. And what a series it’s been! We’d like
to thank all involved for making it such a great success. And eyes peeled for
the next events!