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The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner


No. 6 Cinema, Portsmouth’s only independent filmhouse, screen 1962 social realism film The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner on Thursday 21st June, from 7:00pm.

A seminal classic of 1960s cinema and one of the enduring peaks of the British New Wave, Tony Richardson's socially-engaged drama The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner catapulted near-newcomer Tom Courtenay from obscurity to BAFTA-winning stardom.

He is rivetingly, harrowingly real as Colin, a troubled, sharp-tongued inner-city teenager from the English Midlands whose criminal ways see him sent to a rural ‘borstal’ youth-prison.

Colin's snarlingly cynical, proto-punk attitudes see him repeatedly clash with the hard-line guards—but the scrawny lad's unexpected athletic prowess also makes him a favourite of the avuncular governor.

Building inexorably to a famously stunning finale that still packs a serious punch, this adaptation of the award-winning short novel by Alan Sillitoe features a gallery of soon-to-be-familiar faces (John Thaw, James Bolam, Edward Fox) in an atmospheric, acerbic and timeless tale of youth in revolt.

Showing as part of Portsmouth Festivities 2018.

Book online through the No. 6 Cinema website, or buy on the door on the night.

Film Info

  • Director: Tony Richardson
  • Starring: Tom Courtenay, Michael Redgrave 
  • Running time: one hour and 40 minutes (100 minutes)
  • This screening is subtitled


  • Adults: £9.00
  • Concessions: £7.50 (students, seniors (60+), or Portsmouth Leisure Card holders)
  • 25 and under: £5.00

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