A really good movie has a way of creeping up on you, getting to you on the inside and exploding with a feel good factor that lingers long after the closing credits have run and the curtains close. This Summer’s hit FAST GIRLS is going to be one of those.
Surprisingly, or perhaps not so surprisingly, for that rare thing – a really good British film – it has some profound moments. One of the pivotal points is a crucial baton pass. It’s a strategic transfer from one team member to another and had been the source of considerable joys and pains at key moments in the film. It’s a beautiful example of life lived across generations, or even within a single community, as a legacy is passed on from one age, one group or one person to the next.
The Fast Girls learnt some important lessons. Firstly, friction slows you down. Petty rivalries, in-fighting, competition and misunderstanding increase friction, reduce the speed of transfer and increase the chance that someone will eventually drop the baton – a sure race loser.
Also, the runner of a leg must be so in tune with what the previous runner is doing and where they are at, that they are able to start running at just the right moment, simply put their hand out and know that the baton will be there. Just as in life, those who are most successful tend to be those who can almost partake of the same Spirit as the one who ran before, grasp a hold of the vision and run with it. They understand that running off too soon will get them there quicker but, alas, without the baton it will be pointless. Similarly taking off too slowly ruins the momentum, increases the risk of fumbling and in the stiff competition of life, can cause them to lose the race. Timing is crucial and the focus is always forward whatever happened before the baton was passed.
But perhaps the key lesson in the film was the importance of everyone being in the right place, running the right race from the right position. The arrangement of the runners cannot be based on what soothes egos – you could end up putting the lower leg where the thigh should be. It causes intense frustration and slows you down. It’s also not a very good look! Positioning is especially important in the relay, as it is in life, because however well you run, the prize is not for a leg run well – you win or lose as a team.
For a feel good movie, this film is incredibly good. It captures that rare essence that only a good British film can, of something unique yet ordinary, profound yet lighthearted. Most of all it inspires you to run, to run well and to run to win!
FAST GIRLS is released on 15 June but you can join us for an Exclusive Preview Screening on SATURDAY 19 MAY. The screening will be followed by a post-screening discussion with the Filmmakers and Martine Wright, an inspirational woman who lost her legs in the 7/7 bombings and is now a team GB Paralympian. Book Your Tickets now! www.iwilltell.com/fastgirls