This week the Runner’s World team were delighted to be invited to a pre-screening of this summer’s most hotly anticipated Brit flick: Fast Girls.
It’s been far too long since we flopped on the sofa to watch a good athletics film. Chariots of Fire, Run Fatboy Run, the Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner and far more tenuously (but a team favourite) Cool Runnings - we've watched them too many times to mention. So with a beer in hand, we settled back hoping to be impressed.
The premise of Fast Girls is quite simple. Two British girls from opposite sides of the track (pardon the pun) run the 200m qualifying time for the 2011 World Championships in London. They are approached for the 4x100m women’s relay team, where a gold medal has eluded the squad.
Can raw talent Shania Edwards (Lenora Crichlow) and athletics establishment-favourite Lisa Temple (Lily James) work together to bring home the medals? Or will their juxtaposed attitudes and backgrounds keep rivalry on the track as fierce as it is off?
We won’t give away the ending, but needless to say, we emerged with huge grins at the end of the film and it certainly whetted our appetite for London 2012 glory.
And we couldn’t get enough of the gutsy performances by the rest of the 4x100m relay team – it’s certainly refreshing to see a film where strong women wear trainers and can match the blokes for razor-sharp one-liners. Plus the film is worth the ticket fee alone to watch the slightly contrived but hugely enjoyable sprint montage after a girls-night-out turns bad.
It may be a tad predictable but then, what sporting film isn’t? It has all the key essentials of the genre; big characters, the loveable underdog, a memorable soundtrack and tense racing moments. It’s certainly one to watch this summer.
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