Winner Audience Choice Award, Dingle International Film Festival 2015
Winner Best International Short Documentary, Melbourne International Documentary Film Festival, 2016
Shortlisted Grierson Awards 2015
A documentary from award winning director Tanya Doyle
Produced by Daniel Hegarty, a Marmalade Film with Original Score by Sam Joseph Delves, Cinematography by Colm Hogan & Edited by Cara Holmes
In their sixties, seven unlikely sages have decided to learn how to swim. Taking themselves out of their comfort zone, they reveal what it is that drives them. The juxtaposition of straight talking poolside anecdotes with visually arresting, underwater imagery transforms casual observations on growing old into a profound exploration of wisdom and what it means to grow, to change and to keep striving for more. The experiences and observations of each woman are fused together to reveal the commonality of what it is to be an ordinary woman moving through the phases of life.
Learning to swim is often perceived as a small victory but for these women it is much more than that, it is freedom.
AFI Docs, Washington DC, 2015
Guth Gafa International Documentary Festival, 2014
Toronto Irish Film Festival, 2015
Dingle International Film Festival, 2015
Ethnografilm Festival, Paris, 2015
Belfast International Film Festival, 2015