Ex-sprinter Richard Buck work­ing on new movie

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FOR­MER GB SPRINTER RICHARD BUCK CLOSE TO COM­PLET­ING FEA­TURE FILM

FIVE years ago, Richard Buck helped Bri­tain to 4x400m gold at the Euro­pean In­door Cham­pi­onships, but now, af­ter leav­ing ath­let­ics to pur­sue a ca­reer in act­ing, he is poised to see a novel that he wrote turn into a full-blown fea­ture film.

The film is called ‘RUN’ and is based on a book he wrote called

Grind­ley, which is the story of a down-and-out North­ern ath­lete who tries to train for the Lon­don Olympics.

Buck has re­cently com­pleted a ‘proof of con­cept’ film to prove its fea­si­bil­ity and he is work­ing in con­junc­tion with di­rec­tor Ja­son Rivers.

Buck has been try­ing to get ath­letes to fill as many suit­able roles as pos­si­ble and has en­joyed great sup­port from ath­letes in York­shire and es­pe­cially Don­caster AC.

As an ath­lete him­self, he won English Schools, Bri­tish Univer­si­ties and Bri­tish in­door 400m ti­tles as well as mak­ing Olympic Games re­lay squads.

Buck stopped train­ing full­time three years ago in 2015 to pur­sue his pas­sion for act­ing, stud­ied for the nec­es­sary qual­i­fi­ca­tion and since then has had sev­eral act­ing jobs and, among other things, di­rected a short doc­u­men­tary about Bri­tish sprinter Asha Philip called My Way of Win­ning.

Now, the film RUN is show­ing the po­ten­tial to be de­vel­oped into a fea­ture film. If so, it prom­ises to ex­pose a dark side of Bri­tish ath­let­ics never pre­vi­ously seen be­fore.

Buck plays the film’s lead char­ac­ter, John Grimshaw, in what is de­scribed as a so­cial drama

“The film ex­plores the phys­i­cal and men­tal tolls that elite sport can take on per­form­ers,” he says.

“It looks at the me­dia and how they re­port sport, and the power of re­la­tion­ships that ex­ist be­tween se­lec­tors, coaches and ath­letes, and how those re­la­tion­ships are not al­ways as they seem.”

Richard Buck: Bri­tish 400m in­ter­na­tional is en­joy­ing suc­cess in the film in­dus­try

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