the loneliness of the long distance runner

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In his memorable adaptation of Alan Sillitoe’s The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runer (1962), Tony Richardson  blended the best of English kitchen-sink realism with new wave cinema. An unmistakable, class-conscious social drama, it is also distinctly 1960s in its suspicion towards the new welfare and to any form of authority. More crucially, the film manages to channel all of its complex content through the personal experience of its protagonist - Tom Courtenay as a charismatic,working class rebel with a cause. Richardson uses the bustling freedom of new wave techniques like subjective (sound-)editing and a fluent associative flashback structure to construct a poetic realism from the bleak but beautiful cinematography. It all cumulates in a powerful ending that ensures that the poetic and social impact of this film outlives its particular historical context

It was hard to understand, and all I knew was that you had to run, run, run without knowing why you were running, but on you went through fields you didn’t understand and into woods that made you afraid, over hills without knowing you’d been up and down, and shooting across streams that would have cut the heart out of you had you fallen into them. And the winning post was no end to it, even though crowds might be cheering you in, because on you had to go before you got your breath back, and the only time you stopped really was when you tripped over a tree trunk and broke your neck or fell into a disused well and stayed dead in the darkness forever.
—  Alan Sillitoe, “The Loneliness of The Long Distance Runner”
jordyn casts rent on fox

just 2 make sure they don’t screw it up 

AUSTIN MCKENZIE as Mark Cohen

-DWSA, Speech and Debate, When We Rise

-beautiful and small and just look at him, meant 2 b mark

-angel voice

BRENDON URIE as Roger Davis 

-P!ATD, Kinky Boots

@-jakelamay already said this but hot damn i couldn’t agree more

-literally is the emo boy we all know and love

AARON HARRINGTON as Tom Collins 

-Rent 20th

-plays collins on the 20th tour and he is The Single Greatest Person

-just so good at this role. so good. 

DAVID MERINO as Angel Dumott Schunard 

-Rent 20th

-plays angel and i s2g you haven’t lived till you’ve seen his Today 4 U

-identifies as a member of the lbgt+ community and has a great relationship on stage with Aaron Harrington

JASMINE CEPHAS JONES as Mimi Marquez

-Hamilton, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

-again, @jakelamay said this but SHE IS PERFECT FOR MIMI ARE YOU ACTUALLY JOKING 

-no1 else can do it. only jasmine. 

KRYSTA RODRIGUEZ as Maureen Johnson

-DWSA, Smash, The Addams Family

-we have seen her play a diva (in Smash) before and!!!! she will do it. i promise u. 

-her singing Over the Moon would be literally so funny yet so good imagine it

KEKE PALMER as Joanne Jefferson

-Cinderella, Grease Live!

-okay a litttle basic but! her singing We’re Okay!!! would be so cute and good. now imagine Tango: Maureen how literally amazing would it be. 

-good actor! like, A+++

CHRISTOPHER JACKSON as Benjamin Coffin III

-Hamilton, In The Heights, The Lion King

-HIM DOING THE RIFFS IN YOU’LL SEE

-has already played a benny let him do it once more 

AND MIGHT I ALSO PROPOSE

ALICE LEE as the Token Asian Ensemble Member

-you know every production has one and they also play Alexi

-please give my girl this please

TRACIE THOMS as Joanne’s Mother

-idc who plays the dad

-she doesn’t have to be the seasons of love soloist or an ensemble member just give her that cameo

STEPHANIE J BLOCK as Mark’s Mother

-overall i think the parents shouldn’t be ensemble, just play these parts

-has A+ vocals and has lots of experience playing typical Overly Nervous and Jewish Mother

-this also might be because i’m on a falsettos kick rn

THE ENTIRE ENSEMBLE OF THE RENT 20th TOUR as the ensemble. please. they are so good i don’t think you get it 

ALIA HODGE as Seasons of Love Soloist

-again, the soloist in Rent 20th BUT she’s a vocal powerhouse

-i’m serious i couldn’t breathe during her solo she’s that good

thank you for listening to my ramblings 

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Running’s always been a big thing in our family, especially running away from the police. It’s hard to understand. All I know is you’ve got to run, run without knowing why through fields and woods, and the winning post’s no end, even though barmy crowds might be cheering themselves daft. That’s what the loneliness of the long distance runner feels like.