Award Winning Run & Jump Set For Irish Cinema Release in May

Posted February 10, 2014 by Suzanne Murray in News
Run & Jump - Ted and Vanetia jumping
Run & Jump - Ted and Vanetia jumping

Wildcard Distribution is delighted to announce that Irish film Run & Jump, directed by Academy Award nominated Steph Green, will open in Irish cinemas on May 2nd. The cinema release will follow the film’s Dublin premiere at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival this month.

The film, which was shot in Kerry, stars Emmy nominated Will Forte (Nebraska, 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live), Maxine Peake (Shameless, Silk) and Edward MacLiam (Holby City) along with a strong supporting cast which includes Sharon Horgan (Pulling, Dead Boss), Ruth McCabe (Philomena, My Left Foot) and Michael Harding (Silence, Black Ice).

Co-writen by Green and Kerry native Ailbhe Keogan, the film tells the story of an American doctor (Forte) who travels to Ireland to study the Casey family after 38-year-old husband and father Conor (MacLiam) suffers a stroke which changes his personality, leaving wife Vanetia (Peake) to run the show.

Speaking about the release Steph Green, director of Run & Jump said: “We’re delighted that after the warm reception on its Irish festival circuit, Run & Jump will now release in cinemas for the Irish public. It was wonderful to work with a script that was written to be set in Kerry. Spending time writing with Ailbhe there was important as it grounded me into the environment and characters. To then come back and shoot in the region, with such support locally, was a tremendous experience to have and one that I will long treasure.”

Run & Jump is Green’s debut feature following the success of her short film New Boy which was nominated for an Oscar in 2010. It had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last year and since then has been selected for festivals across the globe and has won numerous accolades including the Best Irish Feature and Best First Feature awards at the Galway Film Fleadh and the Silver Spike award for Best Film at the Valladolid International Film Festival.

The film is currently on release in the USA where it has been receiving glowing reviews.


“Steph Green’s debut feature captures the beauty of an obviously flawed family with remarkable warmth and immediacy.”


“Maxine Peake is a revelation in Run & Jump, communicating vitality and extraordinary optimism that practically bleeds out and infects the visuals.”

Village Voice

“Run and Jump offers a bittersweet but warm story of love and loss, propelled by an excellent cast.”


Run & Jump was produced by Tamara Anghie, Martina Niland, Astrid Kahmke and Philipp Kreuzer for Samson Films and Bavaria Film.  It was funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB), Eurimages , Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, RTÉ, Bavaria Pictures, DFFF, FFF Bayern, Senator Film München, Cine Postproduction.