Camera Running was filmed at the 2011 Great North Run from the perspective of an elite athlete at the front of the race.
It’s a route millions see every year broadcast live on BBC ONE and hundreds of thousands turn out for, either as spectators or as one of the 50,000+ runners who take part. In a single slow steady shot, the camera silently follows the route ahead of the front runners, giving a view of the course only a handful of elite athletes usually see.
Gliding along at runner’s eye-level, we pass city centre motorways and busy roads lined with thousands of well-wishers eagerly awaiting the mass of runners. It’s a journey from the urban through the suburban, passing the iconic landmark of the Tyne Bridge as well as long stretches of empty rural countryside as the route winds its way through Tyneside and out to the windswept coast.
In a dream-like way, this hour long silent film beautifully captures and connects many of the different elements which make the Great North Run so popular. Camera Running is a celebration of runners’ achievements and of regional pride, a tribute to the heritage and history of the race and the thousands of people who turn out each year to cheer on the runners.
Premiere and artist Q&A 6.30pm 13th September
Free but ticketed – booking is essential. Email email@example.com or call 0191 478 1810.
Free screenings continue:
14, 15 & 16 September, continuous screening during opening hours at BALTIC, Gateshead
11.30am, 2.30pm & 6pm on 14 & 15 September and 2pm on 16 September at Monument Live! Newcastle City Centre
Watch a short clip from the film:
To celebrate the release of the film, we’ve produced our first ever Great North Run Culture poster with Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger. Featuring iconic stills from Camera Running, it’s available at BALTIC Shop or to buy online for £15.
Mark Wallinger also has a major exhibition at BALTIC this season – SITE is the artist’s largest exhibition in the UK for over a decade. Visit www.balticmill.com/whats-on/exhibitions/detail/mark-wallinger for details.