‘Taking the Waters’ is a short film about an eighty-year-old tidal pool in Margate, and the swimmers who find solace and community in her waters during these turbulent times.
When Walpole Bay Tidal Pool was built in 1937, Margate was one of the grandest resort towns in England. By the late 1970s, package tourism had caused an economic slump, the pool was falling into disrepair, and the town was characterised by rising unemployment and socio-economic issues.
But today, 80 years on, Margate’s demographic has again changed dramatically, and so has the way this vast sea pool is used and enjoyed.
In this short, meditative film, filmmaker Kathryn Ferguson and writer Anna Hart explore the magical healing nature of the sea, and the value of a true community pool in turbulent times.
The film features original music by electronic duo Lung Dart,
in collaboration with PRAH Recordings, a Margate-based label.
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival
Underwire Film Festival
Nominated for Best Cinematography
Aesthetica Film Festival
Galway Film Fleadh
Nominated for Best Short Doc
Sheffield Doc Fest