Running Naked is a film written by Oscar and Emmy nominated film maker Victor Buhler (who also directs), Michael Knowles and Jennifer Knowles. Filming took place between 18 June and 7/8 July 2018 and the finished product was screened online on Thursday 4 February 2021 after its world premiere at the Beijng International Film Festival in 2020.
Andrew Gower plays Ben Taylor, alongside Tamzin Merchant (Carnival Row, Ark) as Sara, Matthew McNulty (Misfits, Black Work) as Mark Doherty and Rahkee Thakrar as Jade. Other characters are played by Sacha Parkinson and Kiran Sonia Sawar (Black Mirror, Humpty Fu*king Dumpty).
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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 has become a successful doctor and ladies’ man. Meanwhile BEN TAYLOR 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? Can he face his own mortality? Can Ben free himself from his mad obsessions? Can he build up the nerve to approach SARA, 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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