Wildcard Distribution have announced that Irish film Run & Jump, directed by Academy Award nominated Steph Green, will open in Irish cinemas on 2nd May. 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-written 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 the 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 in Kerry writing with Ailbhe 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.