Writer & Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor
The Director of 101 DALMATIANS, THE MIGHTY DUCKS and BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE presents another hilarious hit comedy!
Goofball Kid Campbell ("the very likeable Dan Cannon") dreams to follow in the backwards footsteps of his childhood hero, 100m reverse-running legend John Jones ("real-life marathon icon Steve Moneghetti"). After mastering Coach Leroy's wacky training routines, Kid competes against other 'back-letes' at the Alternate Athletics... if you've dreamt it, they've got an event for it. Together the unlikely heroes must overcome cocky arch-rival Steven 'SJ' James, defy Kid's disapproving dad and prove that life isn't always straight forward.
Co-starring Bianca Linton, Rhys Mitchell, comedian Dave Callan and featuring a cameo from Australia's favourite sports commentator Bruce McAvaney, REVERSE RUNNER is a "big-hearted small town comedy" that will have the entire family cheering all the way to the finish line!
*Simon Foster, SBS Film
Principal photography on REVERSE RUNNER involved over 300 people. The majority of the film was shot in the country town of Colac in Victoria, Australia. Other locations include the John Landy Athletic Field Geelong, Melbourne Park and the world-renowned landscapes at Lavers Hill along the Great Ocean road.
The film comprises over 300 invisible visual effects shots, mostly adding background crowd to the athletics scenes.
Thomas E Rouch composed the orchestral score for the film. Rouch collaborated with singers James Cupples, Nicholas Roy and Sid O'Neil, re-recording some of Australia's classic rock songs including 'Run to Paradise' by The Choirboys and 'Most People I Know (Think That I'm Crazy)' by Billy Thorpe. Rouch and Cupples also covered 'Walk Right In' by Dr Hook.
Sid O'Neil, lead singer from the Vasco Era recorded vocals for an original music track titled 'Backwards As They Come'. Tinpan Orange duo Emily and Jesse Lubitz recorded vocals for an original song titled 'Fallen Dreams', composed by Thomas E Rouch.
Australian musical icon Mike Brady, who wrote football anthems 'Up There Cazaly' and 'One Day in September', recorded the voiceover for REVERSE RUNNER's theatrical trailer.
I wrote the lyrics and melody of 'Backwards As They Come' and composed the oiriginal song, 'Working For The Man', produced by Rouch and performed by Nicholas Roy.
Theory Pictures distributed the film theatricaly in the following towns:
Pinnacle Films released REVERSE RUNNER in Australia and New Zealand on all home entertainment plagforms. The film is available at Target, Big W, KMart, JB Hi-Fi, Sanity, Big Pond, Quickflix, iTunes, Fetchtv, YouTube, Civic, Blockbuster Video, Video Ezy, Leading edge Video and Network Video.
Bondi Rights Management released the film into North America on iTunes and Amazon.
Simon Foster of SBS awarded the film three and a half stars out of five, "The amiably silly low-budgeter REVERSE RUNNER comes as somewhat as a revelation."
LAND LOCKED FILM FESTIVAL
"There was lots of laughter and after the screening many audience members remarked to the volunteers that it was a lot of fun." - Mary Blackwood, Festival Director
Kid Campbell: DAN CANNON
Coach Leroy: ROSCO BRAUER
Hannah: BIANCA LINTON
Steven James: JULIAN SHAW
Gary Campbell: DARYL CANNON
Kid's Mum: HELEN BONGERS
John Jones: STEVEN MONEGHETTI
Harry Balls: RHYS MITCHELL
David O'Reilly: DAVE CALLAN
Flashback Commentator: BRAUCE McAVANEY
Head Helper: STEPHEN LOPEZ
Suicidal Starter: JUSTIN KENNEDY
Young Kid Campbell: CASEY ASPLIN
Written & Directed by: LACHLAN RYAN & JARROD THEODORE
Story by: DAN CANNON, JARROD THEODORE, LACHLAN RYAN
Produced by: LACHLAN RYAN & JARROD THEODORE
Executive Producer: STEPHEN HEREK
Music by: THOMAS E ROUCH
Cinematographers: LACHLAN RYAN & JARROD THEODORE
Editors: LACHLAN RYAN & JARROD THEODORE
Supervising Sound Editor: LACHLAN HARRIS
Sound Editors: PAUL SHANAHAN, RAMSAY DeMARCO
Sound Mix: PAUL SHANAHAN, RAMSAY DeMARCO, ADAM RHODES
Digital Colourist: CHRIS TOMKINS
Editorial Assistant: JAKE YEAMAN
Makeup Artists: SIMONE BAGG, HANNAH GAYLARD, DANIELLE LOUISE ALBCA, ELOISE LOXTON
1st Assistant Director: DAVID BRODER
Associate Producer: ANTHONY PALMER
Gaffer: CHRIS HOCKING
Runner: LUKE GOODALL
Visual FX artists: ISAAC MOORES, JONATHON SUMNER, ANDREW McDOW
Compositors: CALVIN IRSON, RACHEL JONES, BRADLEY ANDREW
Post Production Sound Facilities Provided by: FINAL SOUND, SOUNDS TRICKY, SING SING RECORDING STUDIOS
Post Production Facilities Provided by: READY TO ROLL, 37 SOUTH FILMS
Equipment Supplied by: LATENITE FILMS, LEMAC FILMS AUSTRALIA, SOUND EQUIP
OUR FAMILIES, FRIENDS, THE COMMUNITY OF COLAC AND THE ENTIRE LANDY FIELDS ATHLETICS CLUB, 1800 REVERSE, MIKE BRADY, PAULINE PRICE, HENRY BONGERS, DOUG ZAPELLI, DON BLIGH, GEOFF FLANAGAN, JESSE O'BRIEN, MARISSA BROWN, DAVE COLLINS, CRAIG JANNSON, ADAM SPELLICY, SIAN DAVIES, VINCE GIARUSSO, MAT GOVONI, DENNIS NICHOLSON, JILL HOLT