Irish Film: Critically acclaimed Run & Jump available to buy on DVD

The acclaimed Irish film Run & Jump will be available to buy on DVD in stores across Ireland including HMV, Xtravision, Golden Discs and Tower Records from tomorrow Friday 19th September, with a release across a range of digital platforms including iTunes on Monday 22nd September.

Starring Emmy-nominated actor Will Forte (Nebraska, Life of Crime) alongside Maxine Peake (Silk, Shameless) and Ed MacLiam (Holby City), Run & Jump is a bittersweet drama about love and loss.  It follows Vanetia (Peake) as she attempts to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of the debilitating stroke suffered by her husband Conor (MacLiam).  As she and her children struggle to live with someone who is no longer the man they knew, matters are complicated by the arrival of Ted (Forte) an American psychologist who hopes to study Conor’s radically changed personality. Initially wary of each other, these two very different people will be drawn together as they attempt to make sense of the unpredictable and messy business of family life.

Poignant, funny, and suffused with the warmth of its County Kerry locations, Run & Jumpis a film about growing up, letting go, and learning to take that leap.

Directed by Steph Green, whose short film New Boy was nominated for an Academy Award in 2007, the films cinema release earlier this year was well received by critics and audiences alike, with Scannain giving it 4 stars.

The performances of the two leads were especially singled out for special praise.  Will Forte, who can currently be seen in Irish cinemas in Life of Crime and will soon appear in the Fox sitcom Last Man on Earth in the US, demonstrates in Run & Jump the dramatic range that earned him plaudits in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska.  Meanwhile Maxine Peake who has long been a favourite of television audiences for her work on Shameless and Silk, is now receiving rave reviews for her performance as Hamlet in an innovative adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic at the Royal Exchange, Manchester.

Both Forte and Peake’s work is complemented by strong supporting turns from Sharon Horgan (Pulling, Dead Boss), Ruth McCabe (Philomena, My Left Foot) and Michael Harding (Silence, Black Ice).