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Every month, The Gate brings a classic film back to the big screen - where it belongs. Our film in July is 1962 British classic THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER.
"Running's always been a big thing in our family, especially running away from the police."
Colin (Tom Courtenay) is a defiant teenager who rebels against the system, refusing to follow his dying father into a factory job, railing against the capitalist bosses and preferring to make a living from petty thieving. Sent to borstal, Colin discovers his talent for cross-country running.
THE LONELINESS... is one of the great 'angry young men' films of 1960s British filmmaking, and has had a lasting influence on films that have followed.
"Colin Smith wasn't bright enough to understand what was wrong with the British class structure in the early 1960s. But he knew something wasn't right and he proceeded to kick against it in a childish, but undeniably effective manner." 4/5 - Empire