I’ve mentioned liminal spaces recently on It’s Nice That, but this short documentary by Matan Rochlitz and Ivo Gormley is the perfect example of just how powerful they can be. The Runners follows the two filmmakers as they travel around London’s Victoria park, interviewing seasoned joggers as they pace their routes.
Liberated from all sense of responsibility as the runners are, the interviews quickly progress to deeply intimate topics; one woman divulges secrets about her sex life, while others broach the private subjects of mental health, family members and ageing with the strangers they are being interviewed by. It’s an extraordinary demonstration of the thinking time running can provide, and the complete trust which can occur between strangers with the help of anonymity. This is filmmaking at its absolute simplest and most emotive – and if anything is going to have you itching to lace up your trainers and hit the pavement then this is it.
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