Men Who Swim

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A humorous and poignant look at a group of middle-aged men who have found unlikely success as member of Sweden’s all-male synchronised swimming team.

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Synopsis

After initially believing that they are the only all-male synchro team in the world, the group is surprised to discover that other countries also have teams, including Japan, Ukraine, Holland, France and Spain. For the first time there will be an All-Male World Championship in the sport (albeit unofficial) and the team set to work practising their routines.    More than half the team turn 40 during the lead up to the championships and Men Who Swim explores what it is to be part of a team and the individual struggles some of them face at a crucial time in life.

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Credits

An AMP/ MetFilm co-production
Directed by: Dylan Williams
Producer: Al Morrow
Filmed and Produced by: Erik Pauser
Executive Producers: Jerry Rothwell Jonny Persey
Co-Producer: Stewart Le Marechal
Associate Producer: Stefano Strocchi

Financiers: BBC, ZDF, PBS, VPRO, SVT, YLE, Fox, Yes TV.

Festivals / Awards

2011 – AFI/Discovery Channel Silverdocs. Audience Award Winner
2011 – Grierson Award Nominee
2011– Nordic Film Festival
2011 – Tromso Film Festival
2011 – Nordisk Panorama Film Festival
2011 – Victoria Film Festival

Reviews

‘A nigh-on perfect documentary’ – The Independent
‘Wonderful’ – Daily Mirror
‘It’s a gem’ – The Observer
‘Like Spinal Tap in Swimming Trunks’ – The Scotsman
‘A wonderful documentary that’s poignant, acute and funny’ – Radio Times
‘Full Monty, only wetter and more subtle…a surprisingly lovely film’ – The Guardian
**** Time Out (Critics Choice)
****Daily Mail

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