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The Outrun

Based on the Sunday Times best-selling memoir by Amy Liptrot (sold over 100,000 copies in the UK and translated into 13 languages), THE OUTRUN is a powerful drama about a young woman’s recovery from addiction set in the otherworldly Orkney islands of Scotland. It’s a raw and honest coming of age story about strength and survival, home and identity, and our connection with the natural world.

When Rona returns to Orkney after more than a decade away, she is drawn back to the Outrun on the sheep farm where she grew up. Approaching the land that was once home, memories of her childhood merge with the recent events that have set her on this journey.

Rona was shaped by the cycle of the seasons, birth and death on the farm, and her father’s mental illness, which were as much a part of her childhood as the wild, carefree existence on Orkney. But as she grew up, she longed to leave this remote life. She moved to London and found herself in a hedonistic cycle. Unable to control her drinking, alcohol gradually took over. Now thirty, she finds herself washed up back home on Orkney, standing unstable at the cliff edge, trying to come to terms with what happened to her in London.

Spending early mornings swimming in the bracingly cold sea, the days tracking Orkney’s wildlife—puffins nesting on sea stacks, arctic terns swooping close enough to feel their wings—and nights searching the sky for the Merry Dancers, Rona slowly makes the journey toward recovery from addiction.

The Outrun will be a beautiful, inspiring film about living on the edge, about the pull between island and city, and about the ability of the sea, the land, the wind, and the moon to restore life and renew hope.

DIRECTOR: Nora Fingscheidt

SCREENPLAY BY: Nora Fingscheidt and Amy Liptrot

STARRING: Saoirse Ronan, Paapa Essiedu, Nabil Elouahabi, Izuka Hoyle, Lauren Lyle, with Saskia Reeves and Stephen Dillane

PRODUCERS:  Sarah Brocklehurst, Dominic Norris, Saoirse Ronan, Jack Lowden

PRODUCTION COMPANIES:  Brock Media, Arcade Pictures

FINANCIERS: BBC Film, Screen Scotland, MBK, FFA, Medienboard, NRW

DISTRIBUTION: Studio Canal, Sony Pictures, Cineart

SALES: Protagonist Pictures 


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