Running Naked (Synopsis)

Ben (Andrew Gower) and Mark (Matthew McNulty)

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At the heart of Running Naked are two lifelong friends who met each other when they were teenage leukemia patients. Twenty years later Mark Doherty (Matthew McNulty) has become a successful doctor and ladies’ man. Meanwhile Ben Taylor (Andrew Gower) has devolved into obsessional recluse whose life is a series of obsessive habits. A piece of news forces Mark to reassess his life and, in the process, convinces him to play a bigger part in Ben’s. Mark risks everything he has in order to break Ben out of his shell.

Together the two rediscover their spirit of adventure: they sell everything they own on the high street, they get into a fight with two policemen (and spend a night in jail), they lose all their money – only to win it back at the dog track. They pick up girls. They go sailing and, as the horizon opens in front of their boat, it feels as if the world is once again full of possibilities. But Mark has been keeping a secret and once Ben learns of it, both friends crash back to earth.

They must face the deeper questions in their life: can Mark finally commit to his on-again and off-again girlfriend Jade (Rakhee Thakrar)? Can he face his own mortality? Can Ben free himself from his mad obsessions? Can he build up the nerve to approach Sara (Tamzin Merchant), the first decent girl he’s met in a long, long time? Running Naked is a story about friendship and about how, in life, we sometimes need to unbutton our shirt collars, kick off our shoes, and streak through life unabashed.

(Source: NoW Films Ltd)

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