Getting the miles in the legs is a cinematic documentary following Steve on one of his runs as his discusses his intertwined passions for running and the natural world in his own back garden.
Stephen Pearson is a 60-year-old Boltonian whose youthful hobby of running up mountains for 24 hours at a time was cut short by severe arthritis. For almost three years Steve could barely walk, never mind run, until a double hip replacement gave him back the use of his legs. Despite his doctor’s warnings, what started as walks in the countryside developed into a chance to rediscover his love of fell running.
Getting the Miles in the Legs follows Steve on one of his runs through the beautiful Lancastrian countryside as he discusses his passion for this historic sport and how it has allowed him to create a life-long emotional connection with British nature that the modern age sometimes overlooks.
Despite both living in Manchester Tim and Jack first got to know each other three years ago on a Kenyan military base. They had both been hired to create a series of documentaries and training films UK’s Department of Foreign Development, Jack as a writer/assistant producer and Tim as director of photography.
Prior to this meeting both Tim and Jack had enjoyed varied careers; Tim began his working life as a very early practitioner of theatre video design at the Royal Shakespeare Company which included designing the video for the multi-award winning Matilda The Musical, as well as countless other productions. After six successful years at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Tim followed his true passion and transitioned into broadcast media. His most notable work from this time was producing and filming the multi-award winning BBC drama, Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster for BBC2, written by Simon Armitage, which won Best Drama at the Royal Television Society Awards.
Jack’s career began working as a production assistant/runner/third assistant director on various British film and television shows, including Fast and Furious 6, 71’, Peaky Blinders, Get Santa and X+Y. Before discovering his true passion lay in documentary filmmaking, he spent two years working as a development assistant producer as well as working on various documentary feature films – most notably Assistant Producing Shankly: Natures Fire with Riverhorse TV and the BBC.
Since meeting Tim and Jack have worked together regularly including acting as Video Designers on Warhorse at the Royal Albert Hall and Animation Directors on BBC Radio’s video adaptations of Quake. Most recently Tim acted as Director of Photography/producer and Jack as First Assistant Director on the poetic drama Men Who Sleep in Cars for BBC 4, starring Maxine Peake.
Getting The Miles In The Legs was produced alongside Jack and Tim’s other film ‘Rich is the Life’ as part of their ‘Numan Nature Documentary’ series and they have plans for several additional films in the same series.