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Seaside Cinema: Against the Tides + Talk with Beth French – Swimming Under the Sky

Against the Tides is an award-winning feature-length documentary that follows marathon swimmer and world record holder Beth French, as she sets out to conquer Oceans Seven, a challenge consisting of the seven most dangerous sea-channels in the world. For extreme swimmers, it’s the ultimate test; the equivalent to the seven peaks in mountaineering. Very few people have ever completed it, but Beth aims to become the first person ever to swim all seven in one year.

It took Beth five years to prepare for the challenge, cost her tens of thousands of pounds and involved hundreds of supporters. Driven to set an example for her autistic son and by her battle with a lifelong, debilitating illness M.E. (a.k.a. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), Beth travels across continents to far-flung corners of the world, where land meets sea.
Once in the water, Beth confronts jellyfish, sharks, hypothermia, wild weather and mind-numbing fatigue, as well as her own inner demons. Each swim can take up to 20 hours, often through the night. Immersed in the waves, Beth is in her element: “Being in water gives me freedom… it’s where I belong”.

We are very lucky to have Beth joining us in person for a Q&A after the film.

This screening is on the Salthouse Fields and doors will open at 9.30am. Bring your own blankets and chairs along for this blast from the past… or the future. This is an outdoor event so please check the weather forecast beforehand and dress appropriately. If it rains the show will go on. Only in the case of extreme weather, such as dangerously high winds will the screening be cancelled. For comfort bring your own seats and picnic blankets, and please NO glass bottles. We will be raising money to restore our balcony so look out for our volunteers with our buckets, anything you can give is appreciated!

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Run Time: 180 minutes

Rating: 12A