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Racing Time

Directed by Adele Myers & Ra Page
Written by Chris Woods


In this short film an elderly runner traverses across rough terrain in extreme weather conditions, struggling with the elements, the landscape and ultimately with time itself. Racing Time is an adaptation of the poem Racing Time by Chris Woods. Having originally been published by Comma Press in the collection of poems, Dangerous Driving by Woods in 2007.Inspired by the poet's neighbour Ron Heaton, a 70-year-old fell runner. Woods was impressed by Heaton's resolve to run in all weathers. The story behind this poem and the words thus inspired the filmmakers to create a work where the audience travel with him.

Ra Page is the founder and Editorial Manager of Comma Press. He’s the editor of numerous anthologies, including The City Life Book of Manchester Short Stories (Penguin, 1999), co-editor of The New Uncanny (winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, 2008) and Litmus, voted one of 2011’s books of the year by The Observer. Between 2004 and 2013 he was also the coordinator of Literature Northwest, a support agency for independent publishers in the region (until it formally merged with Comma). He also coordinates Comma Film, an on-going film adaptation project which regularly commissions filmmakers and animators to adapt short literary texts (poems and short stories). He is a former journalist, having been Deputy Editor for City Life magazine, and a former Director of Manchester Poetry Festival. His critical work has been published in The Journal of the Short Story in English, and he’s been a producer, co-writer and co-director on a number of short film projects. He read Physics and Philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford and has an MA in English from the University of Manchester.

Adele Myers has over 20 years experience in creative, digital and community arts development. She has recently moved to the United Arab Emirates to teach video production.