1. Kirsten Callaghan as Mercedes Gleitze - Photographer Studio Essy (2)

Vindication Swim is coming to The Red Carpet Cinema in celebration of International Women’s Day

Vindication Swim is coming to The Red Carpet Cinema in Barton-under-Needwood from the 8th of March in celebration of International Women’s Day. Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Elliott Hasler, Vindication Swim stars British-Irish actress Kirsten Callaghan in her debut role as Mercedes Gleitze, who trained for months in the English Channel before filming began. The film also stars John Locke (Darkest Hour, Poor Things, The Favourite) alongside James Wilby (Maurice, Gosford Park, Howards End) and Douglas Hodge (Joker, The Great, Black Mirror).

Vindication Swim dives into the extraordinary life of Mercedes Gleitze, who in 1927 became the first British woman to swim the English Channel. The film depicts Mercedes’ upstream struggle in overcoming both the cold waters of the English Channel and the oppressive society of 1920s England. However, after a rival comes forward claiming to have accomplished the same feat, Mercedes is forced into battle to retain her record and her legacy.

Mercedes Gleitze, a name that has been largely lost to history, also became the first person to complete many of other incredible swims around the world, including the Straits of Gibraltar, the Dardanelles and distance between Robben Island and Cape Town. It is hoped that the new film about her life will reinvigorate her remarkable legacy and the film’s release on the 8th of March invites Staffordshire residents to join the nationwide audience in commemorating International Women’s Day.

Tickets: https://linktr.ee/vindicationswimfilm

Photo credit Studio Essy


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