Private Project

THE RUNNER

SAMANTHA, 24, a former running athlete now a financially struggling waitress is diagnosed with a brain tumour and cannot afford a lifesaving operation; she takes a gamble in a marathon race. If she wins, her operation's costs are covered.

Samantha works in a café in Pretoria. As she serves her last client for the day she suddenly collapses in fits. The client PRESLEY, who later becomes her boyfriend, rushes her to hospital. She is diagnosed as having meningioma, a brain tumour. The doctors advise her to lose weight. Presley a gym instructor, volunteers to help her reach her fitness goals. When Samantha collapses for the second time, the doctor informs her that her brain tumour has suddenly become bigger, and needs to be operated and removed. She needs to raise US $40 000 (RSA R500 000) for the operation. Distressed, Samantha questions God and her faith, and panics at her inability to afford to pay for an expensive operation. Samantha's condition is further compounded by her family’s contradicting beliefs about her tumour. Determined to survive, she enters a marathon race, with a price tag of $40 000 (R500 000) She participates in the race, and just as all is looking well, with her set to win, she collapses a few metres away from the finish line. The tragedy results in an unexpected turn of events. FAITH, FAMILY & FRIENDS support helps her.

  • JOSHUA TESA
    Director
  • Patricia Alves
    Director
  • Maryka Potgieter
    Director
  • JOSHUA TESA
    Writer
  • JOSHUA TESA
    Producer
  • DIEKETSENG MPHUTHI
    Key Cast
  • BOHANG MOEKO
    Key Cast
  • Busi Mgiba
    Key Cast
  • Judith Setshedi
    Key Cast
  • Idah Magase
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Drama
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 43 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 31, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    187,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Country of Filming:
    South Africa
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    DIGITAL
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Distribution Information
  • NOES FILM DISTRIBUTORS
    Country: South Africa
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - JOSHUA TESA, Patricia Alves, Maryka Potgieter

Has a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Economics, Certificate in Computer Based Financial Management Course for Senior Executives and Certificate in Computer Architecture. Certificate in Quality Management System Development based on ISO9001:2008, Certificate Quality Awareness, Certificate in film editing and Certificate Digital Film Maker. Proficient in Celt X, Final Draft and Final Cut. Member Writers Guild South Africa. Scripts Written: The Runner, Zuluboy, Money Mania, The Sphinx, Guilty My Lord, She Wolf and Bubble Avenue.

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Filming and Photography. Its all about light. Lets embrace light and be enlightened.