Co-produced by CoisCéim Dance Theatre and Saffron Pictures

Running Time: 56 minutes

Now available on iTunes

 

In 2001, CoisCéim Dance Theatre ventured into the world of dance film and was the first dance company to receive funding from Bord Scannán na hÉireann / The Irish Film Board for the film HIT AND RUN.

Co-produced by CoisCéim Dance Theatre and Saffron Pictures, HIT AND RUN is a dark, edgy, dance film about the disintegration of a young urban gang whose lives are changed forever in one night. Their story is portrayed in a visually rich movement narrative that brings a new dimension to Irish Cinema.

The film centres on the story of one night in the life of eight characters who meet up in a large derelict building. It is large without apparent limits, a maze of corridors, stairs, halls, landings, machinery, cathedral-like vaults and dark pits like futuristic dungeons. An industrial forest of dead technology. But it is also in its own way, a magical place, a place of transformation and those who enter will not leave unchallenged or unchanged. In this story, only seven will leave …

HIT AND RUN premiered at the IFC as part of the first International Dance Festival held in May 2002. It has since been screened at many national and international film festivals including: Galway Film Fleadh; Cork Film Festival; Moving Pictures Festival, Toronto, Canada; Dance on Camera Festival, New York, USA; International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), Montreal, Canada, Celtic Film and Television Festival, Belfast; Worldfest, Houston, USA; Dance Camera West, Getty Museum, LA, USA; Rose d’Or Montreux, Switzerland; International Television Festival Golden Prague, Czech Republic; Banff, Canada; TTV Festival, Bologna, Italy; and had its TV premiere on RTÉ on 25 December 2002.

Awards

Paula Citron Award for Choreography for the Camera at the Moving Pictures Festival, Toronto 2002
Jury Prize, Dance on Camera Festival, New York 2003
Platinum Award for Creative Excellence at Worldfest, Houston, USA 2003
Winner first Time Director Award for John Comiskey Celtic Film and Television Festival, Belfast 2003
Official Selection, Montreux Rose d’Or & Golden Prague TV Festival, 2003
David Bolger was also nominated for a 9th International American Choreography Award in June 2003

Reviews

Cinematically stunning… Irish Times

… comes as close as is humanly possible to being a perfect full-length work of modern dance for film… Exploredance, New York

…. The big discovery in the festival…a state-of-the-art anthology of choreographic and film techniques. Los Angeles Times

A hit that will run and run…mesmerising…all the ingredients of an urban thriller… The Sunday Tribune

****…imaginative and sensual…tells a superb story without using a single word… The Ticket

A brilliant co-ordination of cinematography, environment, movement and character…Afterimage, New York

great clarity and force…the scale and sheer professionalism… Makes the other festival offerings look like student films.. Los Angeles Times

Cast

Green Coat | Muirne Bloomer
Black Suit | Justine Doswell
Lilac Top | Simone Litchfield
Zebra Coat | Liz Roche
Grey Shirt | Daryn Crosbie
Blue Shirt | Benjamin Dunks
Purple T-shirt | Adam Dyer
Green T-shirt | Eric Lacey

Production Credits

Director | John Comiskey
Choreographer | David Bolger
Producers | Siobhán Bourke, Kathryn Lennon, Bridget Webster
Screenplay | David Bolger and John Comiskey
Based on an original concept by | David Bolger
Music written and performed by  | Bell Helicopter
Director of Photography | Russell Gleeson
Editor | Julie Hennessy
Production Design | Clodagh Conroy
Costume Design | Helen McCusker
Make-up and Hair Design | Val Sherlock

Executive Producer for Bord Scannan Eireann | Rod Stoneman

Made in Association with RTÉ
Executive Producer for RTÉ | Mary Callery

A Sackville Films presentation

A CoisCéim/Saffron Pictures Co-Production © 2002

Gallery

HIT AND RUN IS NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD AT THE IRISH FILM INSTITUTE, Temple Bar (Tel. 01 679 5744). It is also available on iTunes and other platforms through its digital distribution partner, TenduTV: http://geni.us/hitandrun