Going the Distance is an award-winning short documentary about a running-addict who has been diagnosed with cancer.
Maurice Mullins was once an ultra distance runner and is now undergoing chemotherapy. His disease has meant that he has lost his lifelong passion, but his determination to compete again in a sport that he loves drives him to face his darkest days with optimism and humour.
Maurice’s story is a simple one - he just wants to run again. Through this straight narrative the film explores how he draws parallels between his years of sports training to how he copes with undergoing chemotherapy. The film brings the viewer face to face with the question of how we will respond when confronted with adversity, with our own mortality and with the loss of our greatest love or passion.
The filmmaker is Maurice’s daughter and in just 12 minutes the audience gets a glimpse of many sides of the one man; the runner, the philosopher, the father, the friend and the entertainer.
Going the Distance
Winner of the Audience Award at Dingle International Film Festival 2013
Official Selection at Stranger than Fiction Documentary Film Festival 2013
Director: Deirdre Mullins
Producer- Bobby McCormack
Lighting Camerapersons -Eavan Ryan and Naomi Cahen
Sound Recordist and Edit Assistants - Patricia Gonzalez and Shane O'Connor
Editor - Tristan Hutchinson
You can read an interview with Deirdre and Maurice Mullins in the Irish Times here;
Deirdre produced here first radio documentary, Pregnant on my Lunchbreak. You can listen to it here;
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