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Swimmer Synopsis

SWIMMER is a poetic journey through the waterways and coastline of the British Isles, following a lone swimmer through lakes, rivers and coves. The journey is framed by a soundtrack of seminal British music, combined with a sound tapestry of hydrophonic recordings and snippets of bankside conversations. The film aims to give a real feel for the diversity of landscape and people of Britain.


The film is one of 4 unique co-commissions in partnership between BBC Films, Film4 and the London Organisationing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.


BAFTA winner for Best Short Film for writer/director Lynne Ramsay.





Tom Litten


Lynne Ramsay


Peter Carlton, Diarmid Scrimshaw


Lynne Ramsay

Executive Producers:

Christine Langan, Joe Oppenheimer, Katherine Butler, Ruth Mackenzie, Leonie Bell, Lynne Ramsay, Rory Kinnear

Credits summary:

BBC Films and Film4 present in association with the London 2012 Festival, funded by the National Lottery and Creative Scotland A Warp Films production in association with Rockinghorse Films

Running time:

16 mins

Release Dates


25 June 2012

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