Reverse Runner (sometimes stylized as Яeverse Яunner) is an Australian comedy film written and directed by Lachlan Ryan and Jarrod Theodore, executive produced by Stephen Herek. It stars Dan Cannon, Dave Callan, Steve Moneghetti, Rosco Brauer and a special appearance from Olympic commentator Bruce McAvaney. It tells the story of teenager Kid Campbell, who dreams of becoming a reverse runner despite being mocked, ridiculed and kicked out of home for refusing to get an ordinary job. In the end he is left to question his childhood dream.
It had a limited theatrical release on 11 October 2012 playing in cinemas until April 2013. It was released on DVD, Blu-ray & VOD in Australia on 18 September 2013 and 30 October 2013 in New Zealand.
Dan Cannon as Kid Campbell
Dave Callan as a Commentator
Steve Moneghetti as John Jones
Rosco Brauer as Coach Leroy
Bianca Linton as Hannah
Julian Shaw as Steven James
Bruce McAvaney as a Commentator
Rhys Mitchell as a Commentator
Justin Kennedy as Suicidal Starter
Stephen Lopez as Head Helper
Helen Bongers as Mum
Daryl Cannon as Gary
Casey Asplin as Young Kid Campbell
Principal photography on Reverse Runner involved approximately 300 people throughout the duration of the shoot. The majority of the film was shot in the country town of Colac in Victoria. Other locations include the John Landy Athletic Field Geelong, Melbourne Park and the world-renowned landscapes at Lavers Hill along the Great Ocean road.
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 The Choirboys and Most People I Know (Think That I'm Crazy) by Billy Thorpe. Rouch and Cupples also re-recorded Walk Right In by Dr Hook.
Sid O'Neil, lead singer from the Vasco Era recorded vocals for an original track titled "Backwards As They Come" which appears in the film. Tinpan Orange duo Emily and Jesse recorded vocals for an original music track titled "Fallen Dreams" produced by Thomas E Rouch.
Australian musical icon Mike Brady, who wrote football anthems Up There Cazaly and One Day in September, recorded a voiceover for Reverse Runner’s trailer.
On 11 October 2012 Reverse Runner was released theatrically at Colac Cinemas, it holds the record for the highest-grossing film at Colac Cinemas in 2012, the film is also in the records due to being the third highest-grossing film of all time at Colac Cinemas. Reverse Runner also screened at Village Cinemas Geelong, Ballarat's Regent Cinema, Warrnambool, Hamilton, Horsham, Ararat & Echuca Cinemas in 2013.
Simon Foster of SBS awarded the film three and a half stars out of five, "Given that the past 12 months of Australian big-screen comedy has been arguably its direst ever, the amiably silly low-budgeter Reverse Runner comes as somewhat of a revelation. The debut work of writer/directors Jarrod Theodore and Lachlan Ryan and their production outfit Theory Pictures suggests that there may be a silver lining on the dark cloud that is Screen Australia’s policy on indie feature comedy funding."