Ex-sprinter Richard Buck working on new movie
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.”
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